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Chief Minister’s important decisions, providing relief to industrialists, industrial estates to overcome adverse effects of Covid-19 Second Wave

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    Gandhinagar, Saturday: Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Rupani announced important decisions to provide relief to the industries, MSME Units etc. of the state to overcome the adverse effect of second wave of Covid-19.

    The Chief Minister had earlier announced ‘Atmanirbhar Package’ of Rs.14,000-crore after the first wave of Covid-19, to boost the economy by reviving industry and trade. Under this packaged, 31,166 industrialists received benefits of Rs.407.72 crore under 14 schemes by Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC).

    Industry Associations, Gujarat Vepari Mahamandal and FIA proposed to Mr. Rupani that this package should be re-enforced for the industries after the second wave of Covid-19 as well.

    In a sensible and positive response to this proposal, the Chief Minister gave instructions and guidance to GIDC for necessary actions.

    Under the visionary leadership of Mr. Vijay Rupani, GIDC has announced four policy- driven schemes in this regard. The benefits of these schemes of estimated Rs. 500 crores will be availed to more than 50,000 industries of GIDC.

    This was decided at a meeting held under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister along with Chairman of GIDC Mr. Balwantsinh Rajput, Managing Director of GIDC M. Thennarasan and Additional Chief Secretary, Industries and Mines Department, Mr. Rajiv Kumar Gupta.

    Giving details of the four policy-driven schemes, Mr. Thennarasan provided details of these four policy driven schemes, these are decided to provide economic incentives to the industrialists, like the time limit for industrialists to start production i.e. the moratorium period, will be extended by one more year without levying non-use penalty.

    Accordingly, industrialists whose time limit to start production ends in FY 2021-22 will get extension till FY 2022-23 i.e. up to March 2023, without levying non-use penalty.

    Due to this decision, the industrialists will get more time to use the property and they will be relieved from the payment of non-use penalty of around Rs.16.70 crore. Around 672 beneficiaries will be benefitted from this.

    Besides, those allottees of the Industrial estate who did not get the benefit of extended time limit of the usage under the previous policy and those who were provided benefit up to March 2022 will also get the extension up to March 2023.  Under this policy, 1,656 such industrialists will get the benefits of around Rs.350 Crore.

    Providing more details of these policy driven schemes, he said that various Industrial Estate Associations proposed before the Chief Minister to postpone the increase in allotment prices decided for the allottees this year.

    Giving positive response to this proposal, the Chief Minister also decided that price rise decided for the current financial year 2021-22 for the estates of the corporation will be postponed and the allotment rates decided in FY 2021-22 will be applicable. The industrialists will get relief of around Rs.26 crore due to this decision.

    Besides, Price rice decided for the year 2021-22 for Saykha, Saykha Women’s Park, Saykha MSME Park, Dahej, Halol and Halol (Extension) Estates has been kept unchanged.

    GIDC levies Rs.50 per square meter as Service and Amenities Fee at the time of approving the maps of new construction areas. This amount is decreased by 50%, i.e. maximum Rs.25 per square meter, will be levied for the works under concerned estate centre and under the schemes of the state government.

    Besides, administrative approval is given to use Rs.25 per square meter, i.e., 50% amount for the mandatory works undertaken by the corporation, measurement, survey and site inspection report of assets of industrialists, infrastructural facilities of the estate as necessary, study of environment etc. 157 estates will get the benefits of around Rs.71.30 crore under this policy.

    The Chief Minister also decided that the amount of uncollected contribution of the associations will be used for the expenditure incurred for such projects undertaken by GIDC.

    Infrastructure Upgradation Fund has been formulated since 2009-10 by GIDC. Under this fund, it is decided that Rs.5 per square meter will be collected from various estates, out of which Rs.3 shall be kept for the renovation of the estate and Rs.2 shall be kept for the maintenance of the estate.

    According to the GIDC circular of 2010, out of the collected Infrastructure Upgradation Fund, amount available for the allotment to the industrial estate associations and notified areas will be settled at the rate of Rs.2 and the remaining amount will be provided to the concerned industrial estate association and notified area for maintenance. It is expected to provide around Rs.33.24 crore to the concerned 59 estate associations for the maintenance.

    Mr. Thennarasan said that these sensible decisions of the Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Rupani will help reviving the small, big and medium industries and trades of the state that are facing adverse economic situation emerged due to Covid-19.

    Source: Information Department, Gujarat