KARNATAKA

Package for 39 backward taluks on the anvil: Sindhia

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: The Government will soon finalise a programme that involves a special package for industries coming up in 39 backward taluks, the Industries Minister, P.G.R. Sindhia, said here on Saturday.

"By August, we want to launch this programme with an estimated investment of Rs. 50 crores," he told presspersons after meeting representatives of the Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Confederation of Indian Industry here.

Ancillary units

The programme involves setting up one major industry each in the taluks identified, which will facilitate the growth of ancillary industries in and around the taluks for all-round development.

The Government is looking at providing quality power supply and reviving sick industries as part of the programme, he said. The industry, on its part, has offered to "adopt" some of the taluks for development. "We have asked them to come up with clear suggestions for the development of these taluks," he said.

According to Mr. Sindhia, the proposed programme will signal the revival of the "Vishwa" programme. The special package will vary according to the needs of each taluk, he said.

"We want to tap the infrastructure, human resources and skilled labour available at these places, which have witnessed a collapse of traditional industries," he added.

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