Atul Sharma

The 245th Meeting of Board of Directors of H.P. State Industrial Development Corporation, 193rd Meeting of BoDs of General Industries Corporation, 165th Meeting of BoDs of H.P. State Handicrafts and Handloom Corporation Ltd. and 217th Meeting of BoDs of H.P. Khadi and Village Industries Board was held here today under the Chairmanship of Mukesh Agnihotri, Industries Minister.

While presiding over the meeting of BoD of State Industrial Development Corporation, Agnihotri announced release of 10 percent dearness allowance to the employees of Corporation with effect from 1st January, 2014. The BoD also gave its approval for one time settlement of loans cases in respect of two business houses.

Industries Minister said that Corporation should ensure timely completion of on going projects. He said that the Government would provide all possible help to the Corporation to make it more viable. He also asked the Corporation to identify more lands for setting up new industrial areas in the State. He said that now the entrepreneurs purchasing industrial plots from State Industrial Development Corporation were not required to seek approval under Section 118 as the same would be deemed granted.

Vice Chairman of SIDC Atul Sharma while welcoming the Industries Minister detailed various activities of the Corporation.

In the BoD meeting of General Industries Corporation (GIC), Mukesh Agnihotri said that employees of GIC would also get 10 DA from 1st January, 2014. He said that the various units of GIC had registered a sale of Rs. 1285.01 lakh during the current financial year till June, thereby registering a net profit of Rs. 140.52 lakh.

In the H.P. State Handicrafts and Handloom Corporation Ltd. meeting, Industries Minister said that the H.P. State Handicrafts and Handloom Corporation had registered a sale of Rs.794.99 lakh upto August, 2014 during the current financial year. He said that Himachal Emporium New Delhi had registered a record sale of Rs.206.42 lakh followed by Himachal Emporium at Shimla registering a sale of Rs. 188.77 lakh.

Agnihotri said that exhibition would be organized at Lucknow, Agra, Varanasi and Gandhi Shilp Bazar at Una and proposals in this respect had been sent to the Developmental Commissioner Handicrafts, Union Ministry of Textiles. He said that training centres would also be opened in different crafts under the Scheduled Castes Sub Plan and Tribal Areas Sub Plan.

The BoD of Khadi and Village Industries Board today in its meeting approved special concession of 20-25 percent to its consumers on cotton, woolen, silk and poly khadi after Gandhi Jayanti.