Industries Minister Jupally Krishna Rao has said under the new industrial policy TS-iPASS, proposals from industrial units with investments of more than Rs 5 crore in plant and machinery will be processed at the State level and applications pertaining to the industries with investment less than Rs 5 crore will be processed at District Level.
Responding to a question raised by MLAs Gangula Kamalakar, Guvvala Balaraju, Chinta Prabhakar, Ashannagari Jeevan Reddy, Anumula Revanth Reddy, KP Vivekanand, S Rajender Reddy, Tammannagari Ram Mohan Reddy, Donthi Madhava Reddy, Challa Vamshichand Reddy, G Chinna Reddy and Ravindra Kumar Ramavath, Jupally said the State government approved 396 units to be established under New Industrial Policy from January 1, 2015 to March 15 this year and the investment was Rs 31,631 crore. He said these units would provide employment to 98,364 youth. In the district-level, there were 1,623 units with Rs 3283-crore investment and employment would be provided to 33,225 youth.
Not satisfied with the answer, Revanth Reddy, Ravindra Kumar and others asked the Minister whether the government was trying to reopen the closed industries in the State. They alleged that several industries like OCTL were closed down due to the hostile attitude of the government. They also asked the government to reveal how many Dalit entrepreneurs were benefited with the new industrial policy.
The Minister said the government was making efforts to re-open the closed industries like BILT, Sirpur-Kagaznagar. The government was allotting lands to Dalit entrepreneurs by giving incentives. He said the government had directed the Micromax industry to provide 80 percent of jobs to the local youth. He opined that the industrial sector will be made a model industry to the nation. (NSS)