STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: A delegation of Association of Micro and Small Industries (ASMI) led by its President Harbinder Singh along with Ajay Jagotra, Darshan Lal, Raminder Paul Singh and Shantanu Gupta met Navin Choudhary, Principal Secretary, Department of Industries and Commerce. In his discussion with Principal Secretary Industries and Commerce, Harbinder Singh mentioned that the State Government has an industrial policy that offers attractive incentives along with the single-window clearance mechanism. The cost of setting up operations is comparatively lower than other states, he said. Singh requested that land should be allotted to the local entrepreneurs at a concessional rate of Rs 2 lakh per Kanal upto two Kanals maximum. He also requested the government should look at developing industrial clusters in Jammu region to support the micro industry, adding that the industrial clusters shall give price and purchase preference to the micro industry to sustain. Singh stated that PDD is charging interest on interest and cutting electricity connection of Micro Industries and forcing it to shut down or to become sick unit. He requested that the demand charges and interest should be waived off. He further requested that the Micro industry should be kept out of SARFAESI Act. As per Government of India, if due to any reason the micro industry is unable to sustain, the Government should look at supporting the Micro Industry rather than start penalizing the same, he said. The Principal Secretary Industries and Commerce gave a patient hearing to the deputation and assured for early consideration of their demands.
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