Dehradun, September 14
Since the introduction of the Special Integrated Industrial Policy (SIP) for the hilly and remote areas in 2008 in Uttarakhand, the investment climate in the hilly areas is on the mend with the Industries Department receiving an investment of Rs 397 crore between 2008-2011.
Amendments to the Special Integrated Industrial Policy for the hilly and remote areas brought about in 2011 have helped in attracting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the hilly areas.
"Though the all-round industrial climate in the country has been far from positive, the SIP has managed to attract some units in the hills in the past couple of years," said GC Pandey, Deputy Director, Industries.
Between 2008-2011, 3,397 MSMEs with an investment of Rs 397 crore have been set up and these have also benefited from the subsidy as envisaged in the SIP.
The amended hill policy had hiked the price preference from 10 per cent to 20 per cent in case the government purchased products from small and medium scale industries in the state. A total of 12,032 jobs have been created between 2008-2011, he said.
Before the implementation of the SIP, the total investment in the hills was around Rs 25 crore. It had increased to Rs 116 crore between 2008-2009 after the policy was introduced.
The amended policy was n case the government purchases products from small and medium-scale industries."
The government had also brought the Sahaspur and Raipur areas of Dehradun district and the Haldwani and Ramnagar areas of Nainital district in the hill category.
However, as all these decisions were taken during the rule of the BJP government, the industrialists were still awaiting for a big push as promised in the policy to set up industrial units in the hilly and remote areas, he said.
"We are still awaiting the setting up of industrial units on the lines of Pantnagar and Rudrapur. Such units will be able to empower the industrial climate in the hilly and remote areas," said Pankaj Gupta, president of the Industries Association of Uttarakhand.

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