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Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Apr 2018 06:41:19


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Industrial fraternity felicitates Chandrashekhar Bawankule

INDUSTRY and trade bodies on Saturday felicitated Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Minister for Energy, New & Renewable Energy & Guardian Minister for Nagpur District at the VIA as they are immensely benefited for formulating policies which are conducive to growth and also supported the cause of industries against ban on plastics.


The associations that participated in the felicitation programme include Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA), Vidarbha Plastic Industries Association (VPIA), Nag Vidarbha Chamber of Commerce (NVCC), MIDC Industries Association (MIA), Butibori Manufacturers Association (BMA), Laghu Udyog Bharati (LUB), Vidarbha Disposable & Traders Association (VDTA), Packaged Drinking Water Association (PDWA), Nagpur Hotel Owners Association (NHOA), DICCI, Vidarbha Chapter, Kalmeshwar Industries MIDC Association, The Nagpur Wholesale Hosiery & Readymade Garment Merchants Association, Wholesale Cloth Merchants Association, Lady Entrepreneurs’ Wing (LEW) & Mahila Gruh Udyog.

Responding to the felicitation, Chandrashekha Bawankule said, “When our Government came in power, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with his Energy Ministry gave first priority to develop industries in our region. For this, we had only one option to reduce cost of power in MIHAN from Rs 12 to Rs 4.50 per unit. This gave momentum to the development of MIHAN.”

On the same basis, power subsidy was granted to Vidarbha and Marathwada regions. It helped in reducing power cost by around 1.75 paise due to which a lot of new investments came to these regions. Industries which were closed restarted and generated employment, he noted.

He said, “We know that power is the only thing in this region which could promote industrialisation. The power cost was high because of cross subsidy given to farmers. For this we had planned long-term renewable energy source through solar and wind in the name of ‘Chief Minister Saur Krishi Vahini Yojana’. We had planned to generate 5,000 MW of solar power by 2022. By 2019, 2,000 MW solar power projects will be installed and we are confident that the cross subsidy on power tariff will reduce drastically which right now is Rs 3. This will reduce the power cost in the State.”

“May be in future after two or three years, because of renewable energy policy in the State, we will be surplus in power. The power cost may drastically go down and we will have to search for consumers,” he added.

The Government was developing Koradi Temple as a ‘tourist destination of Maharashtra’ and sanctioned Rs 210 crore for the development of the pilgrimage centre. This would attract tourists from all over the country and it would give an impetus to the economy of the region, Bawankule said. He said, “Farmers of Vidarbha are in a dilemma as we have given relief to the industries in power sector. As a Minister, I appeal to all the industrialists to come forward and help with their CSR funds in schemes like ‘Jalyukt Shivar’ promoted by the Chief Minister.
A short video clipping was also shown on the development of Koradi temple.

Ramesh Mantri, Director of The National Federation of Urban Cooperative Banks and Credit Societies Ltd (NAFCUB) informed about the difficulties industries would face due to hike in power tariff as the subsidy would end in 2019.

He suggested the Minister to make a long-term provision in the Budget for minimum 7 years so that industries could sustain. He also requested to take the industries into confidence while framing any notification. He referred to the recent Government notification on ban on plastics. This notification has not only affected plastic industries but almost 80 per cent industries of Maharashtra. “This notification should be immediately wihdrawn and proper input should be taken by forming a committee of the stakeholders. Coercive method should be applied to save the environment,” he said.

Girdhari Mantri, Chairman of VIA CSR Forum made presentation on the works done by the VIA under the Jalyukt Shivar Scheme.
Pravin Tapadia, Past President of VIA also informed about the difficulties being faced by the industries due to the State Government move on banning plastics. He said that all sectors such as automobiles and aviation were dependent on plastics and the sudden GR related to the ban on plastics badly affected the plastic industries. He said that in China there was a ban on paper and plastic was widely used. “We have to create civic sense amongst masses about plastic waste management. We should seriously implement the 2006 notification regarding the ban on less than 50 micron plastic carry bags,” he said.

Prashant Mohota, former Vice-President of VIA in the presentation demanded that power subsidy should be given for another five years or for a long-term duration. “If power subsidy will be given, investment will come into Vidarbha and Marathwada,” he noted.

Atul Pande, President of VIA in his welcome address, said that industries were facing a lot of problems. “Energy Minister formulated such policies which are conducive to growth of industries and also supported the cause of industries against ban on plastics.

The programme was conducted by Dr Suhas Buddhe, Secretary of VIA. Earlier, all the industrial fraternity welcomed Chandrashekhar Bawankule with shawl, shrifal and bouquets. Prominenly present were Rajesh Batwani, Sunil Kabra, Harish Mantri, Damodar Sarda, Jitendra Kurvey, Dilip Murarka, Nishikant Bhiwagade and others.