CII to work for integrated growth in northern region

March 18th, 2009 - 10:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, March 18 (IANS) The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Wednesday called for comprehensive growth of the entire northern region and urged consistency in subsidies and incentives for all states.
“Our motto for the year 2009-10 is ‘Building North for Tomorrow’. We will work for the inclusive growth of the region and would bring all the states on the same platform of growth and equal opportunities,” said Harpal Singh, chairman of CII, northern region, while addressing a press conference here.

“We see tomorrow’s North as an integrated region without barriers, which is better enabled with quality infrastructure, competitiveness and governance,” observed Singh.

Stressing the need for uniform tax structures across the northern states, Singh said: “There is always a conflict between the hilly and plain states on the issue of exemptions and subsidies. We would try to solve this problem through common regional planning.”

Talking about Punjab, Singh said there is need to revitalise the industry of this region.

He said: “There were times when the per capita income and growth rate was maximum in Punjab in the entire country. We just need to pay attention to certain things and to work in better coordination with other states.

“We would also work to bring Jammu and Kashmir’s industry into the mainstream. Till now, their industry is only subsidy driven. Everyone is going there to avail benefits and incentives, we need to change this psychology.”

He added: “There is a planning to invest Rs.10 million (Rs.1 crore) in Jammu and Kashmir to run skill-enhancing programmes that would be in accord with the local industry needs especially about hospitality, tourism and information technology.”

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