Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Wednesday said that in last four and half years 546 new industrial units were brought to reality with an investment of Rs 70,961 crore in the State. These units, 120 of which have started working, will provide employment to 1.3 lakh people. The CM holding the review meeting of Industries and Mines and Geology departments, said here on Wednesday that 99 units of food processing will become functional in four months.
Das said that the textile industry also is booming in Jharkhand. At least six garment manufacturing units have started operating out of Jharkhand and they have provided employment to at least 9000 people, he added. “Deoghar will soon have a Plastic Park and Nirsa in Dhanbad will come up with a leather and footwear park,” he said.
The Government, Das said, will encourage small industries in the rural areas in a bid to promote entrepreneurship in the villages of Jharkhand. This initiative, he said, will provide livelihood to the residents of rural areas and make them financially self-reliant by giving a fillip to the rural economy. Besides, horticulture, bee-keeping, handicraft and honey production will also act as easy and effective mediums of economic growth in rural areas, Das added.
“Jharkhand is among the top four states in the country in ease of doing business. The single window system and additional facilities provided to investors will boost investment in our state. The air cargo at Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi will also make business easy for industrialists,” he said.
After coming to power here in December 2014, the Raghubar Das-led NDA Government in Jharkhand has been taking initiatives to boost investment in the State with the mantra of development through business. The State organized its maiden Global Investors Summit, Momentum Jharkhand in 2016 and sealed investment deals worth over Rs.300 lakh crore. The Government also laid the red carpet for food industries and held a special Food Processing Investors’ Summit in 2015. In the past four years, the State has also held road shows across India and several other countries in a bid to lure investors to Jharkhand.
Barhi block in Hazaribag will be the nodal point of the Amritsar-Kolkata Industrial Corridor, he said, adding that Adityapur will have an Electronic Manufacturing Cluster worth Rs.185 crore. Besides, Dumka will soon get a stone cluster and an agriculture implement cluster, he added. “We will organize a Bamboo Artisan Conclave in Dumka in 2019 in a bid to encourage the local artisans. A Terracotta Training Centre will also be set up in Ramgarh and Dumka,” said Das.
Several top bureaucrats of the State, including Development Commissioner Sukhdeo Singh, Additional Chief Secretary K K Khandelwal, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Sunil Kumar Barnwal and Industry Secretary K Ravi Kumar attended the meeting on Wednesday.