Shimla: Kishan Kapoor, Industries Minister said that Government was according priority to set up industrial units based on local raw material available in agriculture and horticulture.
Presiding over the meeting of officers of Industries Department here today, Kapoor said that these industrial units would not only provide remunerative prices to the farmers and fruit growers for their produce but employment avenues to the local people also. He said that Himachali entrepreneurs were also being motivated to set up small industrial units in the State and camps and seminars were also being organized for them to create awareness. He said that 157 small industrial units had been set up so far in Himachal Pradesh.
Industries Minister said that employment avenues were also being made available to the unemployed youth at their door steps under rural artisan programme in the State and added that 3729 persons were benefitted under the programme during current financial year. He also directed the Departmental officers to make frequent field visits and popularize the industrial schemes of the Government and motivate the youth to avail the benefits of the schemes.
Kapoor said that 10,558 weavers were benefitted under Weavers Swasthya Bima Yojna during 2010-11 and 7000 would be benefitted under Mahatma Gandhi Weavers Bima Yojna during 2011-12. He said that regular training programme for officers and officials should be organized to bring improvement in the working of the department and computerization process needed to be continued as well.
He also directed to update the website of the department so that entrepreneurs could get latest information pertaining to industries department.
Ms. Harinder Hira, Additional Chief Secretary, Industries directed the officers to make data bank based on information pertaining to industrial units.