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UP to declare policies for defence manufacturing, startups


Agra: New policies for defence manufacturing and startups will be soon announced by the Uttar Pradesh government, an official said on Tuesday.

At a session in the Taj city on the second day of the ‘UP Pravasi Diwas’, principal secretary for infrastructure and industrial development Mahesh Gupta said the state government had over the last three years maintained a sharp focus on all critical factors that catalyse industrial development.

He said the government would shortly introduce new policies on defence manufacturing and startups.

Among other key initiatives, the government is working to ensure total self-sufficiency in power by December 2017, he said.

“The UP government is not only developing new growth centres but has also taken key steps to revive traditional industrial centres like the development of the Trans-Ganga City, Saraswati Hi-tech City, and Plastic City in Auriya and IT City in Lucknow,” he told the gathering of PIOs and NRIs.

The official also said that while investors have always expressed keen interest in cities like Lucknow and Noida, there was a growing interest among investors to also foray into the eastern, central and Bundelkhand regions of the state after the Mumbai Investment Conclave last year.

PK Gupta, chairman of Cafe Buddy Foods Pvt Ltd, said food processing holds immense potential in Uttar Pradesh and investors would increasingly view the state as a major hub for food processing business.

Hari Om Rai, chairman and managing director of Lava International Ltd., said India was emerging as a key destination for low-end manufacturing, and within the country, Uttar Pradesh could be one of the preferred destinations.

Ashok K Chauhan, founder president of the Amity Group, spoke about the need for greater awareness and efforts for skill development.

He said vocational training must be customised to serve the real needs of the industry and that industry must proactively participate in the development of appropriate training modules and courses.

He urged the industry to create more opportunities for apprenticeship and added that lab facilities in engineering colleges could also be better utilised after college hours to train unskilled people.(IANS)

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New policies, portals for NRIs to be launched in Uttar Pradesh


Agra: In order to safeguard the relations with 25 million Indian diasporas, Uttar Pradesh government will soon make policies and schemes for them, state minister Balwant Singh Ramoowalia said on Tuesday.

On the penultimate day of the maiden ‘UP Pravasi Diwas’ underway here, the minister, who was in charge of the event said, “immediate and serious engagement with the NRIs was imperative to bring in investment, create business opportunities and guide India’s workforce.”

On initiatives of the Uttar Pradesh government, Sanjiv Sharan, principal secretary in the NRI department, talked about the newly formed department that would focus on solving grievances of NRIs and helping investors in the state.

A coffee table book was also being conceptualised for promoting the policies and familiarising NRIs with progress and opportunities in the state, he added.

Saran said the department would launch a new portal for NRIs to facilitate and resolve their issues.

FICCI secretary general A Didar Singh spoke about the importance of connecting the Indian diaspora both emotionally and through technology.
“Technology like creating forums for solving issues related to business establishments and showcasing the ease of doing business in the state would not only encourage investment opportunities but also connect the NRIs back to their roots,” he said.

Congratulating the Uttar Pradesh government for the great initiative of engaging NRIs with their roots, Charu Mathur, CEO of Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre at the ministry of overseas Indian affairs, focused on the joint responsibly of both state and the Centre to give a pleasant experience to the NRIs in their business ventures in India.(IANS)