Industry representatives from Ludhiana demanded a one-stop-shop system for permits; measures to encourage exports and better infrastructure among other facilities in a meeting held with the Director of Industries and Commerce, Punjab, Sibin C, on Friday evening.
Sibin C was in town asking industrialists for suggestions regarding the upcoming industrial policy for the state. Punjab Deputy Director for Industries and Commerce Vishav Bandhu and Deputy Commissioner Surabhi Malik also interacted with the industrialist during the interactive session hosted by the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Enterprises (CICU) at his compound of the Focal Point area.
During the interaction, the industrialists said that they face a lot of harassment to get permissions/consents from different departments and that the government should establish a one-stop-shop system.
CICU Secretary General Pankaj Sharma said that apart from infrastructure development in the focal point and other industrial zones, a computer center should also be established in Punjab so that skilled youths do not have to travel to other states to find employment. In addition, steps should be taken to encourage exports from the state, he added.
Janta Nagar Small Scale Manufacturers Association President Jaswinder Thukral also raised the issue regarding the notice served by the PSPCL for the recovery of the 45-day advance consumer deposit. The industry opposed the move, saying it placed an additional burden on them, which is already facing a crisis.
Members of the Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organizations (FICO) also raised issues of transparency in incentive reimbursement and called for a Single Settlement Policy (OTS) to resolve plot improvement cost cases in the focal point areas and the technology upgrade program for the cycle. industry.
FICO Chairman Gurmeet Kular said he also demanded that the government also lift the ban on single-use plastic items and plastic carrier bags as this will seriously affect the industry and will lead to unemployment. “The government can set parameters regarding the quality of products, but these should not be a blanket ban. The government should instead ban paper products to save the trees,” Kular said.
CICU Chairman Upkar Singh Ahuja said that C Sibin assured that the government will consider all the demands/suggestions shared by them while developing the new industrial policy of the state.