JAMMU: In a significant step to boost women entrepreneurship in the State, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, on Thursday ordered the conversion of Jammu Haat into an exclusive ‘Women Business Centre’.
For this, she directed I&C Department to prepare a ‘Business Plan’ within the next two months so that brass tacks are done to establish the centre, which she said is ideally located in the heart of the winter capital.
The Chief Minister said this while taking a detailed briefing of the Industries & Commerce Department, in the Civil Secretariat, here on Thursday.
Assuring all help to MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) sector in the state, the Mehbooba linked big investments with creation of job opportunities for trained human resource, with special focus on entrepreneurial opportunities for women. She hoped the new State Industrial Policy will facilitate ‘Ease of Doing Business’ and give new direction in making J&K an investor-friendly destination.
“We need to evolve a mechanism where high-end investors and business houses train our skilled manpower as per their requirement. Their DPRs should reflect the kind of skilled workforce they need,” she said, tasking the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) to map the skills which are required by the investors setting up their units in the state.
To build investor confidence, she instructed the department to ease bottlenecks in clearances of cases for which more services like land allotment, power availability certificate and NoCs from PCB have to be brought within the ambit of Public Services Guarantee Act. She also emphasized on clearance of incentive cases of business entrepreneurs in a hassle-free manner.
On the issue of rehabilitation of sick units, the Chief Minister was informed that not much headway has been made as the component of interest subvention was not incorporated in the soft loan scheme. I&C Secretary said an Assets Reconstruction Company has been proposed with a corpus of Rs.15 crore which can target revival of 50 per cent of sick units.