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Extractive industries fail to address unemployment issue in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar: Mines-based industries are failing to make any significant dent on unemployment in Odisha, generating jobs for less than 40,000 while the number of registered unemployed youth has crossed one million.

Only 39,153 people of the state got jobs in 49 industries such as steel, energy and aluminium, Odisha Labor Minister Prafulla Mallick told the assembly.

There were as many as eight industries that had not crossed even the 100-mark in terms of jobs for the people of Odisha, he said.

The ranks of the unemployed, on the other hand, are swelling fast. Sources said more than 10 lakh people had registered themselves in different employment exchanges in the state.

According to the information given by Mallick in the assembly last week, Bhushan Power and Steel Ltd emerged as the biggest employer of people of the state, generating 4,588 jobs, including 2,772 at its Sambalpur plant alone, followed by National Aluminium Company (Nalco), which employed 4,400 people.

Sesa Sterlite employed 1,539 people from the state, followed by Jindal Steel and Power (1,526), Tata Steel (1,471), Aditya Aluminium’s Sambalpur plant (1,044) and JSL Ltd (1,013).

(Inputs from IANS)

(Picture courtesy:www.odishabook.com)

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Odisha Government Planning to Develop Vision 2030 for Downstream Industries

Odisha would focus on creating enabling infrastructure to reduce logistics cost for the industries in future

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Vision 2030 for development of downstream industries was presented highlighting the key role of primary metal manufacturers in the state. Wikimedia Commons

The Odisha government is developing a Vision 2030 for downstream industries to achieve more than 50 per cent value addition to the primary metal produced in the state, said Industries Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra on Thursday.

Addressing more than 60 steel manufacturing companies, the Minister said that Odisha provides an unparalleled conducive ecosystem for the steel industries to expand their manufacturing facilities.

An interactive meet held on Thursday with the steel manufacturers of the state to discuss the vision of achieving 100 million tonne per annum (mtpa) capacity of steel production in Odisha. Vision 2030 for development of downstream industries was presented highlighting the key role of primary metal manufacturers in the state.

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Odisha would focus on creating enabling infrastructure to reduce logistics cost for the industries in future. Wikimedia Commons

Highlighting the facilitation and aftercare framework set up by the government to handhold the industries, Industries secretary Sanjeev Chopra said that over the past two decades, the state government has focused on manufacturing of value added products in the state.
He said that the state would focus on creating enabling infrastructure to reduce logistics cost for the industries in future.

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Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) chairman and managing director Sanjay Singh said the government has created land bank of more than one lakh acres for quick allotment so as to enable large scale investments. He also highlighted unique initiatives being taken up to provide industry-ready skilled manpower for all industries setting up in the state particularly in the steel sector. (IANS)