Some of the states have the problem of hilly terrain and it is difficult to give land to private players to set up big industries. So we feel the govt. should shift the thrust from big industries to MSME sector, says FICMNES chairman Pradyut BordoloiGUWAHATI, INDIA: The Forum of Industries and Commerce Ministers of North Eastern States (FICMNES) on Thursday asked the central government to shift the thrust from big industries to micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector to develop the region.
"The North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy (NEIIPP), 2007 is a very unique policy and proved beneficial for the whole region. However, none of the northeastern states are in a position to give land to private parties to set up big industries," chairman of the forum and Assam Industry Minister Pradyut Bordoloi said.
He was here to participate in the mid-term review of the NEIIPP.
"Some of the northeast states also have the problem of hilly terrain and so it is difficult to give land to private industries to set up big industries. So we feel that the government should shift the thrust from big industries to MSME sector," Bordoloi said.
The Assam industry minister, however, defended the NEIIPP, 2007, and said the unique policy had invited about 336 investment proposals in the entire northeast region in the last five years amounting to Rs 38,000 crore.
"Out of the total proposals, Assam got the major investment proposals amounting to Rs 21,152 crore followed by Meghalaya and Nagaland," he said adding that this excludes proposals by the central sector projects like the gas cracker project in Assam, alone worth about Rs.900 crore.
"All the states in the region have resolved that the economic development of the northeast region will mainly depend on MSME sector due to problems like availability of lands," said Bordoloi.
The forum also appealed to the central government for efforts to set up dedicated MSME bank branches in all district headquarters of the region.
"This is being urged to the centre as it will help the first generation entrepreneurs of the region for whom, now, it is difficult to get a bank loan to start any entrepreneurial venture," he said.