Commerce ministry favors extension of industrial package to Himachal

The Ministry of Commerce, Government of India has recommended extension of industrial package to  Himachal Pradesh up to the year 2013, Chief Minister Prof.  Dhumal said after meeting with Union Commerce and Industries Minister Anand Sharma at New Delhi today.

The Chief Minister said the Union Commerce Ministry has recommended the extension of packages to Prime Minister and Union Finance Ministry. He said there was no flight of industries from neighboring States to Himachal Pradesh due to industrial package and there was no justification of curtailing the industrial package time limit for the states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand while continuing the same for the state of Jammu and Kashmir as entire region faced same economic, geographical and topographical conditions.

He informed the Union Commerce Ministry would set up skill development centers at Solan and Una districts to impart training to the local youth to get employment in private sector units and create self-employment avenues in the region.

Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said he was fully satisfied with the arguments and justification given for the extension of industrial package by the State.

The road map for extension of package for Himachal does not seem to be easy as the same is being opposed tooth and nail by Punjab which has already moved the Supreme Court against the tax incentives given by the Centre for setting up industries in Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand.

Update:

As per a press release from the Central government, Anand Sharma, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, who was scheduled to hold industry consultations and address press conference in Shimla on Jan 5, 2010 and at Chandigarh on 6th January had reschedule his visit due to ‘bad’ weather in Himachal Pradesh. No new dates has been announced about his proposed visit to the state.

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