NEWS FROM STATES


Knowing Madhya Pradesh 

At an Inter-face meet of the industrialists with the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Digvijay Singh, on 12th August, 2000, organised by FICCI at New Delhi, the following revelations on Madhya Pradesh were made in an excellent presentation :

(i) Madhya Pradesh State, which is located in the heart of India, offers an environment conducive to productivity and business growth (over US $ 2.5 billion from August ’91 - February ‘2000).

(ii) Madhya Pradesh is one of India’s most politically stable states, enabling industry to look at planning in a more long term perspective.

(iii) It has an enviable record of industrial harmony, with the lowest number of man-days lost on account of industrial unrest compared to any other Indian state.

(iv) The administrative reforms carried out by Madhya Pradesh government include de-centralization of governance to the district and village level,drastic down-sizing of the government, reduction in government controls.  Madhya Pradesah has taken a lead in actually down-sizing the government with 30,000 people reduced from the work force this year alone and a further 1/3rd of the personnel over the next 3-5 years.

(v) Madhya Pradesh is India’s No.1 producer of heavy steel rails with 99% of India’s supplies originating here.

(vi) Madhya Pradesh is India’s No.1 producer of Cement accounting for a quarter of the country’s cement.

(vii) Madhya Pradesh is India’s No. 1 producer of Soyabean Products accounting for 80% of India’s production.

(viii) Madhya Pradesh is also a leading producer of Optical Fibre Systems, light commercial vehicles, pharmaceuticals and cotton yarn/fabric, besides tyres,and scooters, washing products and ferro alloys.

(ix) India’s highest number of small-scale industries are also to be found in Madhya Pradesh, underlying its entrepreneurial strength even at the grass root level.

(x) Top Industrial Groups like Birlas, Tatas, Thapars, Jindals, Mafatlal, Larsen & Toubro, Singhanias, LG, Hindustan Lever, Bridgestone, Cadburys, IFB, Procter and Gamble & Eicher have a sizeable presence in Madhya Pradesh. 

(xi) During 90s, Industrial Entrepreneurial Memoranda (IEM) numbered over 2,000 and 210 Foreign Direct Investments involving 2.3 billion dollars were approved.

(xii) 27% of India’s mineral resources are found in Madhya Pradesh.

(xiii) With 35% of this huge State being under forest cover, it is the source of 20% of the country’s forest resources.

(xiv) Wide variety of flora and micro-organisms makes Madhya Pradesh ideally suited  to provide feedback for modern bio-technical industries. To facilitate this, a high powered Bio-diversity Board has been created.

(xv) Madhya Pradesh is India’s third largest producer of food-grains and a major source of agricultural resources.

(xvi) A dash of wildlife and a rich cultural and architectural heritage makes Madhya Pradesh a major attraction for tourists. With as many as 11 National Parks and 35 Sanctuaries, the State provides an immense potential for adventure and eco-tourism.

(xvii) The State has as many as 23 Industrial Growth Centres spread over 10,000 hectares, which already house over 2,700 orgnizations.  A major attraction is the fact that the cost of developed industrial land here is lower than in other major states.

(xviii) Madhya Pradesh is well-connected with an extensive road and rail network and regular air services. The transportation network consists of 100,000 kms of roads, 6,000 kms of railway lines,450 trains per day.

(xix) With a workforce of over four and a half million, it has a large number of technical and professional institutes including, an Indian Institute of Management and an Indian Institute of Information Technology, and produces as many as 25,000 qualified engineers and other technical personnel every year.

(xx) The highlights of proposed industrial policy of Madhya Pradesh include self certification by industry, single-agency clearance, introduction of VAT and special concession for export-oriented  and mega projects. Besides, there will be additional incentives for women entrepreneurs, NRIs and EOUs and there will be no cap on thrust sectors when investment exceeds US $ 250,000. 

Solar, Wind Energy Gain Popularity as Alternative Sources of Energy in TN 

In Tamilnadu, solar energy and wind energy are fast gaining popularity as alternative sources of energy.

The wind energy potential in India is about 20,000 mw and Tamil Nadu and Gujarat offer more than 5,000 mw. Research on tapping wind energy in Tamil Nadu began about 12 years agon, according to Shri P. Aswatha Narayana, Professor in the Department of applied Mechanics in the Indian Institute of Technology.

Some years ago, when the Tamil Nadu government gave a concession on the use of alternative energy, many small business and even private individuals began using wind energy in their factories and farms. The Tamil Nadu Paper and Newsprint Ltd., for instance has a wind power plant in Tirunelveli.

A wind power plant at Kayathar has been established in collaboration with IIT as Tirunelveli which according to a national wind map, has one of the best wind tunnels in the country.

The wind energy test centre in Kayathar has been also set up by an autonomous institution under the DNCES, the Centre for Wind Energy Technology. This Centre will henceforth be involved with quality testing, set standards and take care of certification of all wind turbines in the country. The Centre has been partially financed by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).

At IIT Chennai work has been done on other unconventional sources of power.   Waves from the sea breaking at the long coastline of Tamil Nadu have been studied for low power levels (5 to 10 kw per meter of the coast).

Punjab Govt. Allots 300 Acre to Develop Cyber City 

Punjab Chief Minister Shri Prakash Singh Badal while announcing the land allocation of 300 acres to develop a cyber city said that a state delegation, which had recently toured the USA, had identified the thrust areas for development to attract foreign venture capital in Punjab. These include the need to increase bandwidth, creation of an Indian Institute of Information Technology, provision of uninterrupted power supply and the opening of a super deluxe hotel at Mohali, on the outskirts of Chandigarh

Reliance, MP Govt. Ink  JV to Set up 7800 e-KIOSKS

MP State Industrial Development Corporation Ltd. (MPSIDC) has signed a memorandum of undertaking (MoU) with Reliance Industries to provide e-governmance services in the state, in terms of which the joint venture will set up 7,800 electronic information centres or kiosks all over the state.  The centres will process bill payments, accept applications for new electricity connections, faults, check meters, land records, welfare schemes related information, mandi price, hospital services and other government services.

The MPSIDC will get five per cent equity of the total equity in the joint venture company in lieu of support and services provided by it. 

SEDCO Project in Thanjavur Commissioned 

Southern Energy Development Corporation (SEDCO), part of the Chennai-based Rs.3,400 crore Murugappa group has commissioned its Rs.18 crore natural gas based 5 mw power project at Nallur in Thanjavur district.

Earlier it was involved in developing a 12 mw hydropower plant at Maniyar, Kerala, and a 21 mw plant with 80 windmills near Muppandal in Tamil Nadu. 

A 30 mw power station using begasse at its factory in Nellikuppan has also been established.

MP to Develop Integrated Core Sector Centres 

Madhya Pradesh is planning to form integrated infrastructure development centres in the small scale sector. The state is also planing to develop itself into a warehousing hub, according to the State commerce and industry minister Shri Narendra Nahata. 

Union state industry minister, Dr. Raman Singh, who had recently visited the state capital, said the Centre was ready to develop SSI sector as cluster industries. There is plan to open a sugar factory at Raipur.  

The Centre has already granted Rs.89 lakh for integrated infrastructure development centre to the State. The Centre will also be considering two other similar projects of Rs.6.25 crore and Rs.5.2 crore.  

The union government normally grants Rs.2 crore and SIDBI sanctions Rs.3 crore as term loan to any state integrated infrastructure development projects.  

As part of the national warehousing policy, the state plans to make it a warehousing hub at six centres.  

The new warehousing centre will have a capacity of 6 lakh metric tonnes. The warehousing centres will be equipped with testing laboratories. 

RS. 485 CRORE ANNUAL CREDIT PLAN FOR J&K

The annual credit plan for Jammu & Kashmir for the current financial year would be about Rs.485 crore, the state-level Bankers’ Committee was told on 10.07.2000.

Shri Ashok Jaitley, Chief Secretary, who is also Chairman of the State Level Bankers Committee, told a meeting of the committee that bankers should increase credit flow to the priority sectors so that unemployment problem could be tackled and tempo of development speeded up in the State.

Bankers as well as the government functionaries should put their head together and formulate viable schemes for overall growth of the State economy. 

Shri Jaitely assured the participants that all possible help will be extended by the government in effecting recoveries of the loans advanced by the banks in the state. He said a mechanism for the purpose would be evolved.

Shri Jaitely stressed that efforts should be made to release subsidy component for self-employment schemes at the start of the financial year. 

He suggested that a group comprising representatives of various banks and government officials should be set up to prepare an action plan for formulating viable schemes as also interacting on a regular basis for achieving better results.  According to the Chairman of Jammu & Kashmir Bank, various banks have disbursed loans amounting to Rs.291.17 crore under different sectors.

UP set to pour Rs. 7,000 Crore into Core Sector 

In a big push to the infrastructure sector.  Uttar Pradesh will finalise investment proposals worth Rs. 7,000 crore in roads, power and telecom.  Infrastructural mapping of seven corridors of the State involving a total investment of Rs.14,000 crore is also being undertaken.

The government is planning a 200 mw power generation unit to meet the needs in areas around Greater Noida.

The State Government has decided to shut down at least 20 loss making PSUs by March 2001.  All loss making units in UP are to be closed down by the end of 2004, Udyog Bandhu Chief Director, Shri Nandan said at a meeting organised by PHDCCI. 

North Eastern States to hold Global meet 

North Eastern states will hold an international conference aimed at promoting regional trade besides making the region the gateway to some of the fastest growing economies in South East Asia.

Over 100 top corporate and government delegates from South-East Asian nations are expected to participate at the ‘Guwahati Initiative’ meet in November, which will also be attended by India’s finance and commerce ministers, besides all Chief Ministers and policymakers from the north east.

‘Guwahati Initiative will be a giant leap forward in our endeavour to open border trade with South-East Asian nations”, Assam’s industries minister Shri Gunin Hazarika told IANS.

Host Assam has invited business and government delegates from China, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Bangaladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, besides top Indian Industrialists and Central government ministers and bureaucrats for the Guwahati Initiative.

Panel Set up to Boost J & K Exports 

The commerce ministry has set up a group to suggest measures to push exports from Jammu & Kashmir.

The measure is a part of the government’s effort to find ways to pump in some vibrancy into the strife-torn state.