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Make In Odisha Conclave: Over 40,000 Food & Allied MSME Units Set Up, 201359 Employment Opportunities Created


02 August 2019

Debashish Maharana


Bhubaneswar: Odisha Industries and MSME Minister today informed the members of Assembly that 41,284 micro, small and medium Food & Allied Processing units have been established in 31 industrial districts of Odisha with an investment of Rs 233427.24 lakh and creation of 201359 employment opportunities.    

In response to the question posed by BJD MLA Chakramani Kanhar on the success of two Make in Odisha Conclaves, Industries and MSME Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra informed the House that 41,284 micro, small and medium Food & Allied Processing units have been established in 31 industrial districts of Odisha with an investment of Rs 233427.24 lakh and creation of 201359 employment opportunities till 2018-19.

He further informed that 09 and 30 Intentions were received for the Food Processing sector in 2016 and 2018 respectively. Out of them, 18 proposals have been approved by the Single Window Clearance. Thus, an investment of Rs 2301.72 crore has been estimated while it would create 16039 employment opportunities.

While the 09 intentions received have an approximate investment of Rs 2,101.00 crore and creation of 23310 employment opportunities, the 30 intentions received have an approximate investment of Rs 5,225.92 crore with an employment potential of 41,670.    

Replying to another query made by BJD MLA Bhupinder Singh, Industries and MSME Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra informed in the Assembly, “The State Government hasn’t signed MoU through Make in Odisha for establishing big industries in the State. If proposals for setting up new industries in the 11 industrially backward districts come forth, they will be taken into consideration through the State Level Single Window Clearance Authority (SLSWCA) as per the State Industrial Policy-2015. However, the State Government has tightened up its belt to create scopes for the industrial houses to establish more and more industries in all the districts so that it will also create more and more employment opportunities.”

The Minister listed out the 11 industrially backward districts of Kalahandi, Nuapada, Bolangir, Subarnapur, Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Kandhamal, Gajapati and Mayurbhanj.

He also apprised the House of the other vital measures being taken:

‘Ease of Doing Business’, ‘Single Window Clearance’, ‘Investor Facilitation Cell’, ‘One Stop Facilitation’, Online ‘Go Swift’ implemented by Government of Odisha relating to Single Window for Investor Facilitation and Tracking, ‘GOPLUS’ (Government of Odisha Portal for Land Use and Services), ‘GOSMILE’ (Government of Odisha Synchronized Mechanism for Inspection of Licensed Enterprises), ‘Online Consent Management System for Environment Clearance, Exemption of Green Category of Industries’, 8 categories of industry/establishments have been included in ‘Public Utility Services’, Sector Specific like Apparel Policy, Biotechnology Policy, ICT Policy, Healthcare Investment Policy, Odisha Fisheries Policy, Startup Policy, Odisha Food Processing Policy, Pharmaceutical Policy, Aerospace and Defence Manufacturing Policy 2018, Renewable Energy Policy, Odisha State Film Policy 2019 and Tourism Policy.

In addition, Agro & Food Processing, Ancillary & Downstream in Metals, Electronics Manufacturing & IT/ITes, Chemicals & Petrochemicals and Plastics, Textiles & Apparel and Tourism have been identified as the focus sectors.