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Goyal calls upon states to collectively work in spirit of ‘Team India’

New Delhi: Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday called upon the states to collectively work in the spirit of ‘Team India’ to enhance industrial activity in the country, attract investment and provide a better life to 1.3 billion people of India, and better prospects for the coming generations.

Mr Goyal held virtual meeting with the industry ministers of states, UT administrators and senior officers of the central and State Governments where issues of pushing industrial manufacturing in the country, attracting investments, pushing the approach of ‘One District One Product’ (ODOP), and promoting a National Movement Towards ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’ were discussed.

In his address, he said that Aatamnirbhar Bharat, a self-reliant country has to increase engagement with the world, from the position of confidence and strength. India has to achieve the target of 5 trillion dollar economy in five years. For this, manufacturing has to play an important role, which can provide employment and value addition, he added.

Mr Goyal e-launched the National GIS-enabled Land Bank system which is being developed by integration of Industrial Information System (IIS) with State GIS Systems.

The Project was launched for six states. Launching the system, Mr Goyal expressed the confidence that other States and UTs will be onboarded by December 2020. He said that this is a prototype only and will be developed further with inputs from states, to make it an effective, transparent mechanism of land identification and procurement.

IIS portal is a GIS-enabled database of industrial areas/clusters across the states. More than 3,300 industrial parks across 31 States and UTs covering about 475,000 hectare land have been mapped on the System.

Information available includes forest, drainage; raw material heat maps (agricultural, horticulture, mineral layers); multiple layers of connectivity. National GIS-enabled Land. The IIS adopts a committed approach towards resource optimization, industrial upgradation and sustainability.

The initiative is being supported by Invest India, National Center of Geo-Informatics (NCoG), National e-Governance Division (NeGD), Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology and Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo-Informatics (BISAG).

Mr Goyal called upon the states to adopt the Public Procurement Policy-Make in India Order issued by the Centre. He said that it is an effective tool to achieve Aatamnirbhar Bharat and boost local manufacturing.

Under this, No Global Tender Enquiry is permitted for procurements less than Rs 200 crore. Bidders with beneficial ownership /belonging to countries sharing land border with India, will be able to participate in Government procurements only after a mandatory registration, based on clearances given by MEA, MHA and Procuring Ministries.

Countries where Indian companies face restrictive trade practises, invocation of the reciprocity clause may be invoked. The Minister asked the states to appoint a senior officer who can facilitate its quick adoption.

He said that the order promotes Aatamnirbhar Bharat and would open a large number of employment opportunities, and hence there is no reason for any objection to this order by any state. State Governments of Manipur, Nagaland and Sikkim have adopted the Order so far

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