‘JK to be developed as industrial hub’
JAMMU: Reiterating government’s promise to promote industrial sector in the state, Minister for Industries and Commerce Chander Parkash Ganga said that several new industrial units were coming up in the state which would help create ample job opportunities for the local youth.
The minster was speaking after inaugurating upgraded infrastructure of SIDCO Industrial Complex at Ghatti District Kathua.
The minister said “to achieve this target, total projects amounting Rs 204.80 crore are under implementation for the area which include environmental works, land cost, road network, drainage, green belt park, water supply, street lights,” an official handout read.
“The government has separately allocated Rs 366 crore for power development projects in the industrial area and a full-fledged grid station will be established to curb the power issue in the area,” he said adding that 188 kanals of land has already been allotted to five units and 43 kanals land has been earmarked to 14 units.
The minister asserted that present dispensation has laid special focus to develop the state as industrial hub. “Efforts for developing the industrial infrastructure are underway and land bank for the establishment of new units in the state has been created,” he informed.
Ganga said that government was making an effort to establish 20 thousand of land bank in the state.
While referring to the unemployment issue, the minister said that Rs 82 crore have been sanctioned under Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) and 50 crore sanctioned under Chief Minister Employment Generation Programme (CMEGP) adding that the quota of cases under KVIB has been increased from 1400 to 4200.
He appealed to the educated unemployed youth of the state to take the initiative as government had started many programmes under various schemes to facilitate them so that they can achieve their goals, the handout added.