After Ranjan Prakash Thakur took over the management of the Department of Industry and Commerce, he visited Kashmir for first-hand information on the industrial scenario in the valley.
On Saturday he visited Industrial Estate, Khrew, Wuyan and also suggested a location for the Sempora industrial area to know the facilities / infrastructures available to entrepreneurs. He was accompanied by Mohammad Harun Malik, MD SIDCO, Nazim Zai Khan, Director of the Department of Industry and Trade in Kashmir, Atul Sharma, MD SICOP, and other senior officials in the Department of Industry and Commerce.
The chief secretary of the I&C department received a detailed report on the properties and infrastructure from the managing director SICOP Atul Sharma. Thakur had a thorough round of both goods. He valued the infrastructure that was available to the entrepreneurs in both properties and at the same time instructed the managing director SICOP to accelerate the leveling work. He also emphasized the executive agency for maintaining the highest quality and processing standards.
In the Wuyun Industrial Area, industrial plants met with the chief secretary and complained about the unavailability of electricity. The chief secretary assured the entrepreneurs that their claim with the JKPDCL will have priority and that the property will be supplied with electricity at the earliest.
Thakur urged officials to pay close attention to industrialization in order to create employment opportunities for the local unemployed youth. He explained that the sky is the limit for local youth in entrepreneurship as the valley climate is best suited for various activities such as information technology etc. He stressed the local population to come forward and take advantage of various benefits / programs announced by the central government, which will prove to be groundbreaking for the local population. He stated that he would welcome any proposal from any quarter to improve / enhance the industrial sector at J&K, for which he would be available 24/7.
Later he also attended the Indian Institute for Carpet Technology / Pashmina Testing Center in Baghi Ali Mardan Khan, Srinagar. The director of the IICT gives a brief overview of how the IICT / Pashmina Testing Center works.