n Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Thursday held a pre-budget meeting with the representatives of various organisations of industry and commerce sector for the fiscal year 2020-21 at his official residence at Raipur.
In the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary Finance Amitabh Jain, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Gaurav Dwivedi, Principal Secretary of Industry Department Manoj Kumar Pingua, Director Industry Department Anil Tuteja, were also present.
The meeting was attended by representatives of FICCI, CII, Urla Industries Association, Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce and CREDAI and other organisations.
In the meeting, the representatives gave some important suggestions to promote commerce and industrial sector in Chhattisgarh.
Chief Minister has assured of taking their suggestions into serious consideration and take decision accordingly. Baghel has given consent for several suggestions in the meeting.
The representatives of commerce and industrial sector appreciated this initiative of Chief Minister and said that State Government's policies have boosted industry and commerce sector in the state. The representatives informed that Chhattisgarh's steel industry has grown by 5%, whereas other sectors have grown by 15%.
The representatives informed that the small-scale industrial sector that was on the road to decline for seven years has grown by 16%. Representatives said that the state government's decisions such as waiving off farmers' loans and procuring paddy at Rs 2500 per quintal have had positive impact on state's commerce and industrial sector.
Chief Minister said that fire brigade centers will be opened in industrial areas of the state, sponge and iron industries of Chhattisgarh will be provided iron from NMDC on reasonable rates as per the requirements, use of fly ash in construction of roads in plain areas such as Raipur to Raigarh will be promoted to stop pollution due to fly ash.
Chief Minister assured of taking the suggestions to start entrepreneurship curriculum in schools, ITIs and skill development centers of industrial areas, to provide facilities for development of cluster of small industries in Nagarnar and other industrial areas, early sanction of proposals related to establishment of industries in backwards areas of the state, into serious consideration.
The representatives of industria sector praised the canal recharging scheme under Narva, Garva, Ghurva, Bari Yojana of the state government.
They also suggested promotion of tourism industry, green energy and setting up of food processing industries in rural areas. They also thanked Chief Minister for the quick action taken by Chhattisgarh Police on his instructions to safely rescue Praveen Somani, a businessman of Raipur.
The meeting was attended by BL Agrawal of the CII, Chairman of FICCI Chhattisgarh Chapter Pradeep Tandon, Vijay Anand Jhanwar, Ramesh Agrawal of CII, Urla Industries Association Chairman Ashwin Garg and Jitendra Barlota of Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce.