Bhopal : The Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh held discussions today with the representatives of MSME sector through video conferencing and sought their suggestions pertaining to the improvement in the economic situation. Shri Chouhan said that it is important in the situation emerged by the Covid-19 today that we should combat with this crisis courageously. This crisis has not only affected the health of the people but has hit the economy hard. With the economic point of view, the industrial units are in trouble. He further stated that this besides a challenge is an opportunity too; we together will save all from this crisis and create a new state.
The Chief Minister said that the works which are being carried out in the leadership of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, whether it is about controlling the Corona virus or giving pace to the economic activities in this situation, the entire world is praising Shri Modi.
The Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that by working with perseverance, passion and devotion, we will again speed up the economic activities. Where lakhs of workers are getting employment from MNREGA in Madhya Pradesh, revolutionary amendments have been made in labour laws for new industrial investment.
Shri Chouhan informed the industrialists that a provision of 300 labourers in place of 100 has been made in the Industrial Dispute Act. Moreover, provisions have been made for transparent system in inspection, to grant permission of registration in one day instead of 30 days, system of one format in place of 16 and besides the delegation of rights, facility to change the shift and online registrations, such provisions have been made in the Factories Act and other rules, which will benefit the industry and help them in getting the economy back on track in the next 1000 days again.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that after studying the suggestions given by industrialists, other necessary decisions will be taken. It is our goal to ensure that all industries operate smoothly. By following the necessary guidelines we should try to deal with Corona and the economic crisis. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that the state government is committed to solving your problems.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan held a discussion with the owners and management of prominent industrial units which include sanitizer manufacturing, artificial sand manufacturing, engineering goods, food packaging, pharmaceuticals, railway sleeper manufacturing, chemical industry, milk product industries etc.
Principal Secretary Micro, Small and Medium Industries Department Shri Manu Shrivastava informed that the number of industrial units with more than 5 lakh capital investment in the state is more than 22 thousand. Around 1100 units of the state continued to manufacture essential commodities during the lockdown period. As a result, there was no shortage of sanitizers, food items, medicines, packaging materials. At present, about 3 thousand 500 other units have started, in which more than 40 thousand workers are engaged. Arrangements have been made in the Green, Red and Orange zones of the state with a view to operating the industries. Industrial activities are not being conducted only in the containment areas.
Views of industrialists
Shri R.S. Goswami, Bhopal said that Chief Minister Shri Chouhan has spoken positively about turning the time of crisis and challenge into an opportunity. Certainly economic activities will increase in Madhya Pradesh. Shri Goswami suggested that tax is levied by AKVN and local bodies. If the industries are relieved of maintenance charges then there will be a big relief momentarily. In the near future, the old system of paying taxes can be implemented. Shri Goswami urged to issue passes to visit Govindpura Industrial Area of Bhopal. Presently, there are certain difficulties as Bhopal is included in the Red Zone.
Shri Ashish Vaishya said that the reforms undertaken by the state government in the labour sector are commendable. The Government of Madhya Pradesh has taken this important step to facilitate the industries. He expected exemption from stamp duty.
Smt. Archana Bhatnagar, Jabalpur said that many small entrepreneurs are depositing EMIs. It should be ensured that they do not have to pay interest and also get the benefit of subsidy. Continuous process industries have their own problems, which should also be noted.
Shri Rajiv Agarwal, Mandideep said that there are some multinational institutions here which have their own problems. There should be some amendments related to environmental laws along with the power related concession. Shri Ateet Agarwal, Ujjain said that a grant facility from the Government of India is needed for the Common Facility Center of Plastic Cluster. Relaxation in the provisions of labour laws is important for new investors.
Sushri Shreya Agarwal, Indore has hoped for greater cooperation for the MSME sector. She stated the need for a policy regarding labourers.
Shri Aditya Modi of Mandideep said that the industrial establishments will take full care of labourers.
Shri Yogesh Tamrakar of Satna said that the concession should be extended to some extent by the Electricity Board. Bills should be given by making actual unit as base in power consumption.
Shri Hariom Juneja of Chhindwara said that concession should also be given to old units along with the new units.
Shri Harish Bhojwani of Gwalior said that a permission to use cycle should be given to labourers to reach the work place.
Shri M.K. Ray of Gwalior expressed hope for more cooperation at bank level.
Sushri Sushmita Singh of Mandideep and Shri Virendra Singh also suggested for increase in concessions to the industrial units at this time of economic crisis.