Reposing its faith in Chief Minister Siddharamaiah’s experience as Finance Minister, the Mysore Industries Association (MIA) has sought the establishment of an Industry Facilitation Council in Mysore which can also serve neighbouring districts of Mandya, Hassan, Chamarajanagar and Bangalore.

In a pre-budget wish-list to Siddharamaiah, a copy of which was released here on Monday, MIA has urged the Chief Minister to present a budget to stimulate growth in the industrial sector which is reeling under the impact of recession.

The wish-list submitted by MIA President P. Vishwanath and General Secretary Suresh Kumar Jain also urges the Chief Minister to lay emphasis on promoting Micro and Small Scale Industries as they had a tremendous potential in generating employment and enabling rural development.

The list also urges for a policy to encourage self employment and Gram Panchayats to be model centres in promoting small scale industries besides seeking budgetary support of Rs. 15 lakh for the establishment of a Global Industry and Facilitation Centre.

In view of the projected growth of Mysore, the MIA said that a dedicated helipad was essential for the benifit of industries in the Mysore Industrial Area. If the government approves the proposal and supports it, the MIA was prepared to maintain the helipad for its operations.

Drawing the attention of Siddharamaiah to the Cluster Development Model and its importance for the orderly growth of industries, the MIA has sought a policy initiative from the government towards the developoment of industrial plots and disbursing them to eligible entrepreneurs in the micro and small scale sector at concessional rates of 75% of the total cost.

Taking exceptions to the happazard development of industries, the MIA has urged Siddharamaiah to ensure that there was no violation of zoning regulations in the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board.

Laying importance on consevation of environment in industrial area, MIA said that there should be a crack down on encroachment of lakes and water bodies, and the existing green belts and open spaces should be protected. They also sought a uniform commercial tax policy saying that the existing commercial tax rates were not favorable to the industry.

MIA has urged the government to fulfill the promises made in the previous budgets such as constitution of the industrial township authority, export centre and separate water works at a cost of Rs. 100 crore to supply 6 Million Gallons a Day (MGD) of water to induistrial areas.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore