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Odisha stands to gain from Centre's plan for mfg clusters

 With the Union Government going for a major overhaul of the country's manufacturing strategy and is in the process of devising a National Master Plan for Manufacturing Clusters, Odisha is expected to have a number of such clusters.

As the State is moving ahead in Ease of Doing Business and trying to attract large number investors in various fields, this eastern State will be one of the major beneficiaries of the new and innovative program, said sources in Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion(DIPP), under Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

As the DIPP Secretary Ramesh Abhisek, who incidentally hails from Odisha and appears keen on developing such facilities here, the State is likely to reap the benefits, feel officials. 
The State Governments of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Utter Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra have been roped in the Committee set up for formulation of the National Plan, said sources.
It is expected that the Union Government is likely to finalise a comprehensive master plan for manufacturing clusters by September, said sources.
The master plan would identify infrastructure support including plug-and-play facilities, forward and backward linkages, provision for incentives, said Joint Secretary DIPP, Vandana Kumar.
In a communication to the State government Kumar has stated that the master plan will bring convergence in multiple models of industrial clusters and industrial parks adopted by both the State and Centre. The National Plan will channelize government funds in a most optimised manner, identify infrastructure support and linkages as well as facilitate Ease of Doing Business (EODB), said she.
DIPP has started mapping the agricultural, horticultural crops and mineral sector.
A national portal has been developed to put all the related information on infrastructure available across the country, including the forward and backward linkages and it is first of its kind of a collaborative initiative for mapping industrial eco-system using GIS platform in the country.
As Odisha is leading in these fronts and has vast scope to develop the manufacturing clusters, the officials have urged the State authorities to take advantage and be a part of the formulation of National Plan for Manufacturing Sector, said an official in DIPP.
As this is a collaborative approach, both the State and Union Government will collaborate for formulation of the National Plan.
Five lakh hectares of area have been identified for promoting the manufacturing clusters. In fact, this will provide an excellent opportunity for this eastern State, which is looking at big pictures for investment, said the official.
The Union Government is betting big on manufacturing through 'Make in India' to create millions of jobs the country needs. It is targeting to increase the share of manufacturing in the economy to 25 pc by 2025 from around 18 pc now.
Manufacturing Gross Value Added (GVA) is estimated to grow by 7.7 PC in FY17, more than 6.7 PC for the entire economy.
EDITOR : Bijoy Ketan Mishra
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