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Industries to have their Downstream Promotion Policy: Pati

chief secy asks industries to have downstream promotion policyIn another bid towards growth of downstream and ancillary industries in Odisha, Chief Secretary Sri Gokul Chandra Pati has called upon all the big industries operating in the State to have their own downstream promotion policy. Sri Pati said that Odisha has vast potential for flourishing of downstream and manufacturing units. Govt. is focusing on maximum value addition in mineral, aluminum and steel sectors. Facilitating policies and support mechanism have also been put in place. The mother industries need to have definite promotion policy for exploiting this opportunity. Chief Secretary has said this in his inaugural address to the Workshop on Petrochemicals & Plastics Industries organized in the premises of hotel Mayfair today under the joint aegis of Indian Chamber of Commerce and department of Petrochemicals, Govt of India.

Sri Pati also said that Govt has created a land bank for setting up industries and compensatory afforestation. He further advised IDCO and Industrial houses to think of a dynamic policy for involving the land owners as the stake holders in the industry so that they take interest in coming up the unit. Chief Secretary has advised to incorporate chemical waste management from the very beginning as a part of the upcoming PCPIR and Plastic Park at Paradeep. Speaking on the occasion as Guest of honour, Sri Visha Dev, CMD IDCO said that comprehensive infrastructural development plan has been adopted for PCPIR at Paradeep spreading over around 240 kms. The National High Way connecting Paradeep is being developed to 6 lanes. A coastal road touching Astaranga-Puri- Paradeep have also been initiated. The double line rail connectivity is already available. Another new railway line from Haridaspur to Pardeep is expected to be completed soon. Helicopter service from Bhubaneswar to Paradeep is also in pipe line and expected to commence soon. Govt has sanctioned another plastic park near PCPIR with estimated cost of 120 cr. for infrastructural development. Sri Dev added that IOCL is the anchor investor for the PCPIR and the Refinery of IOCL is the anchor industry. IOCL has mobilized other 4 industries for the region. Chief Secretary Sri Pati asked IOCL authorities to announce firm dates for coming up of these new 4 units.

Addressing the Workshop Sri Avinash Joshi, Joint Secretary Dept of Petrochemicals, Govt of India said that Central Govt would provide necessary assistance and support for more number of manufacturing units in the country. Odisha has the center of excellence like CIPET for skill development. Skilled manpower and other resources are available in the State for development of manufacturing units.

Chairman, Indian Chamber of Commerce, Odisha Chapter Sri Vishal Agrawal presided over the inaugural session of the workshop. Sri Sidhartha Mitra of IOCL, Sri Nityananda Palai, Director, Industries Govt of Odisha joined the inaugural session as guests of honor. The industrialists, small and medium scale entrepreneurs, industrial associations along with senior officers from respective departments joined the event. The one day workshop was organized in 4 different sessions. Sri Kalyan Charan Mohanty General Manager IPICOL along with other experts lighted upon various aspects like schemes and incentives provided by Govt, statutory and regulatory compliances, research and development activities, market dynamics for petroleum products, boosting plastic manufacturing in Odisha, cluster development and capacity building etc.

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