The Mysore Industries Association (MIA) has reposed faith in Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s experience as a Finance Minister to present a budget to stimulate growth in the industrial sector which is reeling under the impact of recession.
MIA president P. Vishwanath and general secretary Suresh Kumar Jain submitted a ‘pre-budget wish list’ to the Chief Minister, a copy of which was released here on Monday.
The MIA has sought budgetary sanction for the establishment of an industry facilitation council in Mysore which can also serve the neighbouring districts of Mandya, Hassan, Chamarajanagar and Kodagu.
The MIA said the State government in its budget should lay emphasis on promoting micro and small-scale industries as they had a tremendous potential for generating employment and enabling rural development. The policy should encourage self-employment and gram panchayats should be nodal centres for promoting SSIs.
Seeking budgetary support of Rs. 15 lakh for the establishment of an global industry information and facilitation centre, the MIA urged Mr. Siddaramaiah to sanction adequate staff to man the facility proposed under the public-private partnership model.
In view of the projected growth of Mysore, the MIA said a dedicated helipad was essential for the benefit of all industries in the Mysore Industrial Estate. If the government approves the proposal and supports it, the MIA was prepared to maintain the helipad for its operations, it added.
Drawing the attention of the Chief Minister to the cluster development model and its importance for the orderly growth of industries, the MIA sought a policy initiative from the government towards the development of industrial plots and disbursing them to eligible entrepreneurs in the micro and small-scale sector at a concessional rate of 75 per cent of the total cost.
Taking exception to the haphazard development of industries, the MIA urged the Chief Minister to ensure there was no violation of zoning regulations in the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board-developed areas.
Calling for conservation of environment in industrial areas, the MIA said there should be a crackdown on encroachment of lakes and water bodies, and the existing green belts and open spaces should be protected.
Seeking a uniform commercial tax policy, the MIA said the existing commercial tax rates were not favourable to the industry.
The MIA urged the government to fulfil the promises made in the previous budgets such as constitution of the industrial township authority, export centre and separate waterworks at a cost of Rs. 100 crore to supply 6 MGD of water to industrial areas.