80 percent industries start production
More than one and a half lakh people are getting employment
Capital investment of Rs 550 crores in 258 new units in the state
Industries also under lockdown: production of 27 lakh metric tons in iron and steel industries
Raipur. With the end of lockdown and unlocking, industrial activities in Chhattisgarh have gained momentum again. Not only has industrial production accelerated, but also large-scale employment opportunities are being created. So far, 80 percent of the industrial units of the state have been activated and are providing employment to more than one and a half lakh people following the criteria of Kovid.
After the Corona crisis started, a strategy was chalked out to conduct the industrial activities smoothly even during the lockdown on the instructions of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel. During this time production has been going on in the industries of the state with all necessary precautions, but now the industries have got more concessions after the lockdown ends and unlock starts, which is increasing the production progressively.
Capital investment of about 550 crores was made in 258 new industrial units between March 2020 and June 2020, providing employment opportunities to 3360 persons. During this period, 27 lakh metric tonnes of iron was produced by the iron and steel industries of the state. During the lockdown period, the State Government ensured the production of essential medical supplies and uninterrupted operation of food based units. Taking a quick decision by the state government, licenses were given to the distilleries for the production of sanitizer and the distribution of packing materials was made and the distribution of them was ensured throughout the state.
During this period, a loan amount of about 36 crore rupees was distributed to the beneficiaries through banks for 2 thousand small and micro units. Similarly, a grant of Rs 103 crore was distributed to 848 industrial units by the state government. 282 industrial units of the state were exempted from stamp duty. Similarly, 1300 hectares of land have been identified by the state government for foodpark at 101 places and 200 hectares of land has been transferred to 15 places, where the work of establishing foodpark has started.
It is noteworthy that when the lockdown ended, industrial units started operating in Chhattisgarh first from the neighboring states. Large industries were operating in the state with low capacity even during lockdown. Whether it was Bhilai Steel Plant or Balco or SECL, the mines were also operating with low production capacity. The industrial units which were shut down at the end of March started functioning from 23 April.