Economic Advisor MSME chairs meeting of entrepreneurs at B’la

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‘Lack of proper infra hampers effective utilisation of resources’

BARAMULLA: To examine project proposals for fast-tracking incubation and development of MSMEs in Baramulla, Economic Advisor, Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), GoI, D P S Negi chaired a meeting at Dak Bungalow here on Thursday.

The meeting was attended by DDC Baramulla Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash, ADC Baramulla, Director Industries and Commerce, Director KVIB, Secretary KVIB, AD MSME, General Manager DIC Baramulla, industrialists, entrepreneurs and representatives of various trade associations of the district.

The meeting discussed the prospects for promotion of MSMEs in the district. District Development Commissioner (DDC) Baramulla underlined the economic viability of potential industrial sectors like apple production, walnut processing, agriculture production and horticulture in the district. He also briefed about the cross-LoC trade that is being carried through the district, a handout read.

The DDC also appraised the economic advisor about various issues with regard to the industrial sector and said “lack of proper infrastructure hampers effective utilisation of resources”. He said, “These sectors can absorb a significant manpower thereby improve the socio-economic index of the society.”

Negi discussed various prospects for promotion of MSMEs with industrialists and entrepreneurs of the district. He said the district with an abundance of natural resources has been chosen as an ‘Aspirational District’ and the purpose of his visit was to explore ways for their maximum utilisation while ensuring minimal disturbance to environmental sustainability, it further read.

Representatives of various departments including industrialists and entrepreneurs urged support for the promotion of agriculture and allied sectors in the district. The advisor assured to chalk out ways for their redressal.

Negi also visited some industrial estates located at Mazboug, Doubgah and other places of Sopore town to get a first-hand appraisal of concerns of entrepreneurs and others associated with the sector.