Odisha govt approves mechanism to strengthen Industry Care

Bhubaneswar:Sri Aditya Prasad Padhi, Chief Secretary to Government of Odisha has approved the mechanism to strengthen Industry Care initiative to better address the issues faced by all kinds of industries operating in the State. A letter in this regard has been sent by Chief Secretary’s office to the secretaries of various departments concerned today. Government of Odisha’s Industries Department had launched a district-wise formal engagement initiative named Industry Care last month to raise awareness about business reforms and institutional mechanisms among industries and address their issues on a high priority basis. The engagement was also aimed at facilitating the expansion of new units coming up in the State. Two meetings have been organized under this initiative with Angul and Khurda based industries so far.  According to the mechanism approved by the Chief Secretary, the Industry Care initiative will have the following frequency of meetings:- Daily district-specific meetings meetings (Wednesday – Friday) at the level of MD, IPICOL for large industries Weekly State Level Facilitation Cell (SLFC) meetings at the level of Chairman, IPICOL (as is being done currently) Fortnightly district-wise workshops at the level of Principal Secretary, Industries Department for large industries Monthly meetings at the level of Additional Chief Secretary, Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME)Department for MSME units across districts  Monthly meetings at the level of district Collectors for resolution of grievances of MSMEsThe monthly progress made in terms of resolution of issues shall be monitored by the State Project Monitoring Group (SPMG) headed by Chief Secretary every month.  Sanjeev Chopra, Principal Secretary, Industries Department, Govt of Odisha said, “Encouraged by the positive response from large industries to the first two meetings held under Industry Care initiative, the State Government has institutionalized the facilitation and aftercare mechanism to ensure faster resolution of issues faced by both MSME and large industries. This will help in making the Industry Care initiative more efficient and inclusive thereby enhancing its effectiveness via greater inter-departmental coordination. It is the Industries Department’s aim to cover all the key industrial districts of the State by end of March. This is also important from the viewpoint of building awareness among industries about the various business reforms undertaken by the State Government.”Notably, the Department has undertaken a series of business reforms to enhance ease of doing business in the state. These include the launch of Government of Odisha – Single Window for Investor Facilitation and Tracking (GO-SWIFT), consent management system for various applicable environmental Acts for industries made online, synchronized joint inspection for Directorate of Factories and Boilers, Labour Directorate and Odisha State Pollution Control Board, reduction in timeline for tree transit permission from 180 days to 43 days, voluntary compliance scheme for industries and commercial establishments, building plan approval made online and to be provided within 30 days, issuance of e-stamp certificates introduced, grant of registration certificate under professional tax to be provided ordinarily within one day, temporary allocation of water for construction of industries for 6 months is ensured within a period of 30 days from the date of submission of the application among others. The next meeting under Industry Care will be conducted on February 15, 2019 with industries based in Cuttack. The venue and timing shall be intimated to the industries in due course.