Follow-up report on FISME Stakeholder Consultation meeting in Lucknow – 5 publications
Plan panel to UP: Create 30 million jobs by 2025
LUCKNOW: A month after participating in a stakeholder consultation for implementing the manufacturing component of the 12th Five Year Plan, Planning Commission member Arun Maira has written to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, enlisting his support for developing UP in tandem with the rest of India. Maira has also said he would be happy to assist UP in boosting manufacturing and developing an industrial plan for the state.
Emphasising the need for UP to grow in tandem with the national goal, Maira has also advised the state to create 30 million jobs by 2025 by using key strategies like taking a new approach to the industrial policy-buying from stakeholders and a detailed focus on implementation and Learning. Maira has also highlighted the need for UP to improve its institutional capacity.
Incorporating several suggestions and demands made by panelists and industry members during the day-long stakeholders meeting, Maira has also suggested policy interventions like the need for an effective mechanism for revival or closure of unviable industrial units in the state. Among other issues Maira has also raised the industry bodies demand for increasing the threshold limit in Factory Act to 25 people from the current 10 people.
Additional suggestion made by Maira in his letter to the CM include introducing vocational programmes to give an impetus to industry; he has also suggested that there was a need for avoiding taxes that render state units distinctively anti-competitive. Taking up the cause of manufacturing in UP, Maira has also said there was a need to have more institutes that specialise in research in specific areas of manufacturing in different sectors.
On May 16, Maira made a detailed presentation of the country-wide manufacturing plan, outlining strategies for accelerating the growth of the manufacturing sector in India during the 12th Plan period and beyond. He has also said the Planning Commission would give feedback to states on the basis of their competitiveness and their performance vis-a-vis other states in the country so that states like UP could assess their performance over the years. This would also, he said, allow states to identify areas where they slipped and others where they did well.
Mays stakeholders meet followed a result of a key change in Indias Manufacturing Plan document, which emphasised the need for a widely consultative and inclusive approach to prepare the manufacturing industry roadmap under the Twelfth Plan. In continuation of this agenda, while outlining the immediate steps for implementing the plan, the document also said, among other things, introduced the "Take the plan to the States" initiative, because much of the implementation of the Manufacturing Plan will be in the states.
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