Gurugram, April 24 (IANS) Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday said that soon a new industrial policy will be introduced and would encourage establishment of industry in rural areas.
Addressing a gathering in Lohsingani village here on the occasion of Panchayati Raj Divas celebrated under the village Swaraj campaign, he said that on Monday, a meeting was held with the Chief Ministers from different regions in which they were asked to suggest a new policy.
He said that the efforts of the Central and State Governments to improve the quality of life of people should be linked to small industries, for which a big convention was organized in Delhi on Monday where the new policy was discussed and finalized with the suggestions of all and will be implemented soon after getting the Cabinet's approval.
Through this industrial policy, the emphasis is on promoting industries in the village, connecting with self-help groups and co-operative institutes to the small scale industries and connecting it with the global supply chain, he said.
Bhubaneswar, April 24 (IANS) Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday requested Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu to set up an airport in Odisha's industrial town Paradip.
In a letter, Pradhan sought the personal attention of Prabhu to examine the techno-economic feasibility for setting an airport at Paradip as soon as possible.
"The grand vision of development of Paradip would remain incomplete without an airport providing air connectivity, as the nearest Biju Patnaik International Airport at Bhubaneswar is 135 kms away and takes more than three hours by road," he said , adding that the Paradip Port Trust has already requested the Airport Authority of India to set up an airport there.
Paradip is one of the major ports in eastern India and last year became one of the three ports in India to have handled a total cargo of over 100 million tons.
The port is being further expanded and modernized and it is expected that by 2020 it would be able to handle 332 million tons of cargo per annum thereby making it the largest port in India, said Pradhan.
He said the Union government has declared Paradip Port as a Smart Port Industrial City, which is fast emerging as a major industrial hub in Odisha and Eastern India.
Besides having the port, Paradip already has an oil refinery of 15 MMTPA capacity, a 12 MMTPA pellet plant, two fertilizer plants together of 4 MMTPA capacity and a edible oil refinery, he said.
In addition, Pradhan said that his Ministry is implementing several big ticket industrial projects, including expansion of refinery to 21 MMTPA from 15 MMTPA, a 700 TMT Poly Propylene plant by 2018 and a 355 TMT Mono Ethyl Glycol unit by 2023-24 which will feed various downstream industries including plastics, paints, rubber and synthetic yarn industries, and all these initiatives "require seamless connectivity".