Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday performed groundbreaking-cum-inauguration ceremony for 18 industrial units which will collectively invest Rs 2196.30 crore and create employment opportunities for 3,465 people.
“Odisha’s vision is to become the Manufacturing Hub of the East. Through Vision 2025 for industrial development, we had devised an action plan to bring more manufacturing investments across the State to provide higher employment opportunities to our people,” said the Chief Minister.
“My Government is working towards ensuring that the investment intents get converted into actual investments. We witnessed groundbreaking of 14 new projects and inauguration of another 4 industrial projects today. I am happy to note that GO-SWIFT, the online single window portal has received 600 industrial project applications in just over 14 months, which translates to almost 2 new proposals for industrial projects every working day during this period in the State. This is an incredible achievement for the State and I congratulate all the concerned Departments who have made this possible,” he added.
Chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said, “The State has recently launched a dedicated mechanism of ‘Industry Care’ to further facilitate and provide aftercare services to the industrial units setting up in the State. MSMEs in the State are getting our focused attention.
The State Proejct Monitoring Group (SPMG) portal named e-Suvidha which was till recently receiving and resolving grievances of industrial units with investment of more than Rs 50 crore, has now been opened up for all industrial units including MSMEs. I request all concerned Departments to ensure expeditious resolution of issues and grievances of all large as well as MSME enterprises in the State through the ‘Industry Care’ framework.”
Notably, food processing including seafood received a significant boost with 6 projects witnessing inauguration/groundbreaking thereby grounding investments of Rs 672.39 crore.
In another important development, two aluminium downstream units had their groundbreaking done at the Angul Aluminium Park (a JV between state-owned IDCO and aluminium major Nalco Angul) which was a first in this industrial park’s short history.
Angul Aluminium Park is the only such downstream aluminium park in the whole of South Asia and its USP is that direct molten metal shall be provided by Nalco whose plant is nearby.
The State provides unmatched facilitation mechanism to investors where Hon’ble CM closely monitors the investment proposals leading to grounding of projects on time with all supporting infrastructure facilities.
This assumes significance as Odisha is among the few states in India which is attracting big-ticket investment proposals in manufacturing consistently.