The Mysore Industries Association (MIA) representing Mysore, Mandya & Chamarajanagar districts has urged CM Jagadish Shettar to release Rs. 160 crore as subsidy arrears for small scale industries in the State, which is pending since the last 4 years.

In a press release, MIA President P. Vishwanath said that a memorandum in this regard was submitted to Shettar in Bangalore on Jan. 21, during the pre-budget meeting.

MIA has urged the CM to constitute an Industrial Facilitation Council under the proprietorship of rural commerce of Mysore region to help small scale industries get the long standing dues in their bills from the purchasers.

MIA has urged to consider Grama Panchayats in Mysore to form nodal centres and help to establish micro and small industries at village level which will create employment and prevent the people from migrating to cities. "This experiment has been successful in Kerala," said MIA Gen. Secretary Suresh Kumar Jain.

On the occasion of the centenary year of Karnataka's indus-trialisation, MIA urged the State govt. to form a global industrial facilitation and information center by providing Rs. 15 lakh in the budget and deploying the required personnel from District Industries Centre. MIA has further requested the KIADB to construct a helipad in the industrial area as there is nearly more than 10,000 acres of industrial area in one zone.

While developing the industrial areas, the State government has to consider on developing model of clusters where the Centre would provide finance, whereby the cost of development will come down.

"To prevent industrial land from getting into the hands of real estate and developers, the State government must follow the Gujarat model by allotting land on a long lease of 99 years, which needs an amendment to the KIADB rules," urged the MIA.

"To prevent the change of land use from CA site to residential site and residential site to industrial site, the KIADB has to bring in strict zonal regulations," opined the MIA.

Other demands put forth by the MIA are: To initiate criminal action on those who encroach upon lakes, tanks and green belt in the industrial area and also conserve and develop them; to make it mandatory to hold Kaigareke Adalat every six months to solve the problems of industries and encourage healthy growth of industries; to save the power loom industries at Hebbal industrial area which have gone sick due to the delay in getting the required power and other infrastructure facilities; to grant a special package under high-tech Javali (textiles) park and thereby save the industries; to bring in uniform VAT for similar products and thereby create a healthy competition (as of now, VAT in Karnataka is higher compared to the neighboring States); to fight the global recession faced by industries, the government should give exemption in property tax, permit the industries to pay VAT once in three months and to provide interest subsidy towards loan payable to banks and finance corporations.

Vishwanath said that the following budget proposals which were made in the previous budget are yet to be implemented:

1. Industry facilitation act 2003 to be amended to help the industries to get relief within 30 days.

2. To create a labour colony by providing 30,000 houses with help of Housing Board and KSSIDC.

3. To form industrial township authority which is pending since last 20 years and help industries to get better maintenance of the industrial areas.

4. To establish Mysore Export House — a dream project of MIA — at a cost of Rs. 8 crore with Centre's help.

5. State funds for infrastructure development of industrial areas: In 2010-11 budget Rs. 1,000 crore was provided for infrastructure development of industrial areas formed by KIADB and KSSIDC; but the above funds were not released.

MIA has urged to release at least Rs. 30 crore to MCC for infrastructure development of Bannimantap, Visvesvaranagar and Yadavagiri Industrial Area; Rs. 50 crore for Mysore KIADB industrial area, and Rs. 100 crore for Kabini Water Supply Project of 6 Million gallons a day to the KIADB industrial area.