State assures investors to help in land acquisition

Bhubaneswar: Seeking more investment in MSME (micro, small and medium enterprise) sector, state government on Friday wooed investors by assuring them to help in obtaining land and other facilities.

The assurance was given by chief minister Naveen Patnaik while addressing an investors meet organised by ASSOCHAM in association with state government.

"In order to support private investment, the state government offers benefits to the investors in terms of easing out the process of obtaining clearances, easy availability of benefits under schemes of the government, shifting of utilities to facilitate project location, provision of power and water at the selected project site and assistance in obtaining land as needed for the project", Patnaik said.

The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Policy, 2009 also provides additional incentives to small- scale industries, Patnaik pointed out adding that there is a need to set up suitable industrial estates and parks by the large industries where small-scale industries can come and set up their units.

The state government and industry have to come together to plan and create such infrastructure at locations such as Jharsuguda, Angul, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Dhenkanal, Kalinganagar, Paradip, Balasore, Rayagada and other viable locations, he said.

The chief minister`s assurance to the investors at this juncture was significant as many projects were facing stiff opposition from the local people during land acquisition. The recent agitation at the Posco`s proposed plant site villages was also discussed at the meeting.