-RAISES THE ISSUE OF GURDASPUR AND PATHANKOT INDUSTRY WITH THE UNION MINISTER
-SPECIAL TAX RELAXATION SOUGHT FOR BORDER AREA INDUSTRIES
-DEMANDS TO DECLARE SPECIAL PETRO CHEMICAL ZONE IN BATHINDA
Chandigarh, January 4,
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President and Member of Parliament from Gurdaspur Sunil Jakhar today met the Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu in New Delhi and sought union government’s assistance to promote industry in states in general and border districts of Punjab in particular.
Jakhar while briefing about the new industrial policy being implemented by the Punjab government during his meeting with the Union Minister, Mr. Suresh Prabhu said that the industry friendly policy has been enforced by Captain Government so that the industries can be promoted in the state. Jakhar further said that the state government had given more exemption to the industry within the 30-km radius of the International Border and CLU and EDS Charges have been exempted to the first industry in this area.
Jakhar said that the state government has made great efforts for the industrial development of the state and the big industrial houses are coming forward for investment in Punjab. But the state needs more cooperation from central government to promote industry in the state.
Jakhar demanded that the central government should also give some tax relaxation to the industry established in boarder zone. While discussing about the issue of Gurdaspur and Pathankot based industry Mr. Jakhar asked the union Minister to established more industry in his constituency so that young people can get new employment opportunities. He also brought the issue of industrialization of Gurdaspur and Batala to the attention of the Union Minister and demanded the establishment of industry in Pathankot too.
Apart from this, Sunil Jakhar also demanded help from the Central Government to promote the state’s industries and said that the oil refinery had been set up in Bathinda, with which there is a lot of potential for the patro-chemical industry. He demanded that if the Central Government gives the benefits of special petro -chemical zone with this refinery, it will boost the industrial growth of not only of Punjab but it will be equally beneficial to the neighboring states of Haryana and Rajasthan.
Likewise, Mr. Jakhar called for the up-gradation of Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala and Rail Diesel Engine factory in Patiala and said that this would benefit the state’s economy.
The Punjab Pradesh Congress chief also demanded from Union Minister to give GST exemption for cotton industry to encourage crop diversification in the state. While raising the issue of Basmati industry of state Jakhar said that Basmati of Punjab has GI (Geographical identification) tag and it is highly demanded commodity in international trade market. He said that every year basmati of Rs 25,000 crore is exported. He informed the Union Minister that the Center has implemented the Export Credit Guarantee Scheme, but due to some shortcomings of scheme, small exporters are not able to avail equal opportunities for its trade in world market. He said that this time basmati production is low in the country and the demand in the world is high. “In such a situation, if Government decides the minimum exported prices then the country’s Basmati industry could benefit as well as farmers”, he added.