The Hush Post: In a bid to further promote the startup eco-system in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday approved the Punjab Startup Hub, under which a state-of-the-art incubation centre is proposed to be set up in Mohali.

Also reviewing the status of the hi-tech cycle valley to be setup at Ludhiana, Chief Minister was informed that the concept plan was in the final stage and 80 acres of land apart from what was allotted had been made available by Dhanansu village panchayat. Captain Amarinder accepted the proposal to ascertain the feasibility of the land pooling scheme while acquiring land for industrial projects across the state. Underlining the need to capitalise on the opportunities in the leather sector, Captain Amarinder directed the Industries Department to explore possibilities of setting up a Special Purpose Vehicle at Jalandhar under the Mega Leather Cluster Scheme of Government of India.

Taking part in the deliberations, Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu also emphasized the need to set up Special Economic Zones for Sports and Leather industries at Jalandhar to tap the immense export potential of both sectors.

Earlier, Cabinet Minister Brahm Mohindra informed the Chief Minister about the impending litigation in the process of land acquisition by the government under the integrated Manufacturing Cluster (IMC) at Rajpura under Amritsar-Kolkata Industrial Corridor. It was also informed that out of 1000 acres required for setting up of IMC, the PSIEC had already identified 206 acres for the first phase.

The Chief Minister also gave the nod to the constitution of a high-level committee to draft a proposal for resettlement and rehabilitation of those who would be affected in the process of eviction from panchayati land for setting up of industrial hubs across the state. The committee will comprise financial commissioner revenue, principal secretary rural development and panchayats and principal secretary finance.

The directives were issued by the Chief Minster while chairing the maiden meeting of Punjab Industrial and Business Development Board, which has been set up to ensure smooth and effective implementation of the new industrial policy. Reaffirming his strong commitment to boost industry in the state, Captain Amarinder directed officials to further streamline requisite permission processes so as to ensure congenial industrial atmosphere, besides providing a level playing field to all the interested industrialists and entrepreneurs to set up their ventures in the state. On the issue of maintenance and upgradation of focal points, Chief Minister directed PSIEC to explore the PPP model and appoint consultants for assisting the industry department in upgrading infrastructure on immediate basis to facilitate industrial growth.

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