38,000 MSME units to come up in Odisha: CM

Bhubaneswar, March 5 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday said the state government would set up 38,000 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) units providing employment for about one lakh people in the state.

The government, he said, would develop five food processing corridors covering potential districts and set up 10 food parks in the state for development of food processing sector.

The chief minister was addressing the 12th Entrepreneurs’ Week which commemorates the birth centenary of his former chief minister Biju Patnaik here.

Patnaik said 10 Livelihood Business Incubators would be set up in the potential districts for development of livelihood by way of gradation and use of local skill, adding that 10 new village industries clusters by Odisha Khadi and Village Industries Board would also be set up.

“Considering the importance of the MSME segment, the government has taken a number of initiatives to promote MSMEs through policy framework like MSME development policy 2009, Odisha Food processing policy 2013, Odisha Procurement Preference Policy 2015,” he said.

The chief minister also said the Odisha Industries Facilitation Amendment Rule 2015 has been notified to provide a conducive environment for industrialisation.

“Biju Babu dreamt of an industrially developed and prosperous Odisha. Therefore, it should be our endeavour to take Odisha to the top of the industrial map of India which will be a real tribute to the great leader and the doyen of entrepreneurship,” said the chief minister.

He said a Composite Inspection Framework is being worked out to reduce the frequency of inspection by various authorities.

MSME minister Jogendra Behera called upon the youth to inculcate the spirit of entrepreneurship which will directly give a boost to the MSME sector for self-employment and income generation.

Highlighting the works and contribution of late Biju Patnaik in making Odisha an entrepreneurs’ driven industrious state, he urged the youth to follow his dream to achieve the same.

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