IDENTIFICATION OF THRUST AREAS AND EFFECTIVE PROMOTION OF INDUSTRIES IN THESE AREAS

The state Government has identified certain thrust areas for concentarted industrial developlment, which will enjoy additional incentives, and are as follows: Agro-based industries.
Animal husbandry and dairy products.
Minor Forest Based Products
Handloom, Handicrafts and Village Industries
Tourism
Precision oriented, High Value, Low Volume products.
Electronic and Software.
Hydel Power.
Tea.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF ATTRACTIVE PACKAGES AND FISCAL INCENTIVES

To generate an entrepreneurial spirit and encourage investements in industry, the Government announces an attractive package of incentives and facilities, keeping in mind the increase in competition among the various states. These incentives will be in addition to the already existing Central Government incentives.

SPECIAL PROMOTION MEASURES FOR RURAL AND TRADITIONAL INDUSTRY

The rural non-farm sector has been identified as a critical area for generation and distribution of incime to the backward rural districts of any state. Rural industry comprises enteprises owned by rural entrepreneurs in agriculture and semi-urban regions and are sub-sectors of small scale enterprises and constitute micro enterprises. Special promotional measures will be taken by the state Government to strengthen these sectors.

Traditional industries like cottage, handlooms and handicrafts and khadi industries will be further encouraged. A comprehensive review of the existing institutional arangement will be undertaken and suitable measures adopted fro achieving the policy objectives.

ESTABLISHING INDUSTRIAL ESTATES AND GROWTH CENTRES TO FACILITATE INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRY

The Government will encourage the setting up of self contained industrial estates and growth centres to facilitate an integrated approach towards optimization of available resources and infrastructure, including creation of infrastructure, marketing facilities and communication networks. The responsibilities related to infrastructure development will be undertaken by the Directorate of industries.

DEVELOPING OF A REHABILITATION PACKAGE FOR THE SICK INDUSTRIES

There are a large number of sick industries in the state and the Government will be introducing definite scheme for their rehabilitation. The viability of each unit will be individually stunied to determine whether it should be operated by the original promoters, new management, as joint ventures with the Government or shut down.

REVAMPING THE PUBLIC SECTOR UNDERTAKINGS

The role of the Stae Public Sector Undertakings will be reviewed. Governemnt will undertake business ventures only in the core sectors and in keeping with the policies of the Central Government, some of the public sector undertakings will be privatized and introduced shortly.

Sikkim Industrial Development and Investment Corporation (SIDICO) will also play a more active role in the industrialization process in the state. It will provide escort services to enterpreneurs proposing the set up projects valued at rupees fifty lakhs and above. An Industrial Information Centre will be established to provide information on industry and market trends.

A Tea Development Corporation of Sikkim will be formed which shall be the nodel agency for propagation of the Tea Industry in Sikkim. It will take steps to expand the Temi Tea estate, acquire new gardens either wholly or partially owned by the Government.

CREATION OF APPROPRIATE ORGANIZATIONAL ARRANGEMETNS

The strategy for industrial development will be realised when it is implemented through appropriate organisational facilities. Industrial promotion in Sikkim will be handled by the Director of Industries. The promotion of individual sectors like handlooms, handicrafts, agriculture etc, will be the responsibility of the respective departments in coordination with the Director Of Industries.

For an all-round development and efficient monitoring of the ground conditions by the Director, the cooperation and co-orination of the activities of the different departments for power supply, water supply land development, road network and telecommunication is essential. Therefore, to encourage industry and attract investors, it is stated that all the departments are commited to the industrial policy and will take an active part in its implementation.

RE-ORGANIZATION OF THE DIRECTORATE OF INDUSTRIES

The Director of Industies will play a key role in facilitating and co-ordinating activities related industrial developlment. Therefore, necessary steps for strengthening the department, As well as upgrading the facilities will be taken immediately.

The District Industries Centre (DIC) of the Directorate of industries will help to co-ordinate the district level industrial, infrastructure development work and support local entrepreneurs in setting up units and sub-offices will be opened in the North and Weat District.

A Public Enterprises Cell will be constituted in the Directorate of Industries to oversee the efficient function of the public sector units and formulate guidelines for their employees and fund management and organizational and structural adjustments.

ONE STOP SERVICE

A prospective investor should get all his requirements and information relating to setting up of any trade or business cleared through a single authority. The Department of Industries will offer this one stop facility through a Green Channel Committee headed the Secretary Industries, with officials of other concerned departments.

The single window concept will facilitate expediting of all necessary clearences from various department like Pollution Control Board, Power Department Urban development and Housing Department Public Health Engineering Department, etc.

SIKKIM INVESTMENT PROMOTION COMMITTEE

A high power Sikkim Investment Promotion Committee (as SIPC) will be constituted with the Chief Secretary of the state as its chairman and the concerned Department Secretaries as other Board members, along with the Development Commissioner, Finance Secretary, Secretary Industries and Director Indiustries.

On recieving a proposal whose total project cost is greater than rs. 75 lakhs from any department or public sector unit the Directorate of Industries will undertake a critical assesment of the proposal and forward it to SIPC with its recommendations.

DEVELOPMENT OF MARKETING SUPPORT

There are a number of marketing organizations in the state like the State Trading Corporation of Sikkim and Sikkim Industrial Marketing Federation (SIMFED). In addition, a Marketing and Export Promotion council (MEPC) will be set up to support the sale of goods within and outside the state. It will be the apex agency for the issue of detailed guidlines for marketing activities in the state.

The existing organizations will continue their operatinons and take up marketing of the hitherto neglected products or new agencies will be set up by MEPC for that purpose.

The Government will also attempt to cost reduce of the production and transportation, and enhance the overall competitiveness of the products manufactured in the state.

DEVELOPMENT OF APPROPRIATE TRAINING AND EDUCATION FACILITIES

Skill development is the key to quality and productivity and the means to made available avenues for employment of the local people. The Government will introduce certain initiatives in this regard. Upgarding and modernization of the existing Industrial Training Institute and other training institutes.
Opening up of training centres to provide training as per the present and future requirements of the industries in the state.
Setting up of engineering, medical and buisness management schools and colleges under private or semi-government management.

To develop skill in forestry, food processing, floriculture, pisciculture and other fields, the Government plans to introduce appropriate training programmes, especially for the middle and lower levels of operations.


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