Better Connectivity for Better Business

For a business to flourish and reach heights, one of the primary things that need to be taken care of is connectivity. Punjab is among the few states in the nation that enjoy great connectivity through roads, railway and air. This is one of the major reasons that Invest Punjab is getting huge acceptance and investors from across the world are ready to come and invest in Punjab.

Amritsar Kolkata Industrial Corridor (ADKIC) is an economic corridor in India that connects Amritsar to Kolkata via Delhi. It was developed by Government of India and is aimed at developing an Industrial Zone spanning across seven states in the country. Other cities of Punjab including Jalandhar and Ludhiana are also connected via the corridor, which give huge boost to trade. Accompanied by state-of-the-art infrastructure, Punjab happens to be one of the finest destinations in India to do business.

Punjab boasts of highest road densities in India at 133 km per 100 sq km. There are plans to further improve the road infrastructure with construction of that will connect all the major towns of Punjab. The government has also outlined 11 projects with estimated investment of ₹ 2,900 crore (US$ 483 mn) and a total length of 567 km under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) method. Among the ongoing projects are Ladowal bypass, Ludhiana with a total investment of ₹ 400 crores and a total length of 17 Km and four laining of Ropar – Phagwara road with a total investment of ₹ 1100 crores and a length of 89 Km. The state of Punjab is connected well to north and north eastern markets region that house over 40% of Indian population.

Besides, Punjab has enormous rail network. That proves to be of huge benefit when it comes to cargo transfer and trade. Further, Punjab is the smallest state in the country and first in North India to have two international airports at Amritsar and Mohali. Other than being a boon to NRIs of North India, these airports help in easy movement of freight across states and countries.

Punjab Government is very keen on developing the state as a whole to make it leading in all sectors including industry and business. Many significant steps have been taken in this direction and development of better connectivity one major among these. The ‘food bowl of India’ will soon be a hub of IT and industries and a perfect destination for trade and business.

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Punjab emerges as ideal destination for Food and Agro Processing

The proud ‘Food Bowl of India’ is one of the most prosperous states of India. The state government has been paying a lot of attention to development of state in all aspects and has launched a number of projects for the same. Punjab is leading producer of crops across the country with two to three crops cultivated every year. In addition, 98% of the cultivable land has access to highly mechanized practices and great irrigation network.

Food-ProcessingAbundant food crops production has give way to agro and food processing industry in the state. Robust infrastructure and well developed ecosystem makes the state a good destination for the industry. Food production lays foundation for industries related to agriculture, processing, supply chain and sales. Vast agriculture of the state is a great opportunity of industries including crop husbandry, fertilizers and pesticides, modern farm machinery and equipment, plant tissue culture, micro irrigation techniques and high quality and disease/pest resistant seed production.

Also, there is abundant opportunity in processing industry for secondary and tertiary levels of processing of food grains and processing of fruits and vegetables, cotton, milk, animal, fish and meat products. Similarly, in supply chain industry there is opportunity for cold chain infrastructure, warehouses, silos and other supply chain components. Sales industry has access to large domestic market and exports through international gateways.

Government has taken opportunity to initiate food and agro processing industries in Punjab and there are several projects going on at present. A Food park is being operated by ITC at Kapurthala. It is an Integrated Foods Manufacturing cum Logistics Facility, set up on an area of 65 acres. Another food park will be setup at at Ladhowal, Ludhiana on 100 acres of land by the Punjab Govt. through PAIC in accordance with the guidelines of Ministry of Food Processing Industries, GOI. This facility will provide provide modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chain from farm to market. A Mega Food Park at Fazilka is a a multi-dimensional food processing infrastructure facility. Spread over 56 acres of land at Dabwala Kalan, this park is close to highway and is operated by International Mega Food Park Ltd (IMFPL).

One Stop Clearance

invest punjabPunjab government’s “one stop clearance” policy has emerged as an outstanding investment promotion policy which will make Punjab the most preferred investment destination of the country. It has been designed to cut red tape and provide single stop clearance for all 27 requirements including pollution clearances, change of land use, power application, factory act clearance, self certification etc. online with the single click of mouse.

Punjab government has established Punjab bureau of investment promotion (PBIP) which will act as a single point of contact for all investors. This will help in eliminating multiple points of contacts and applications and will provide essential government clearances. Investors can visit the PBIP website (www.investpunjab.gov.in/) and can create a login identification and password which will help them in tracking the online applications and approvals within the fixed time lines. PBIP has facilitated the prospective investors by online application submission with a single centralized application form and online gateways for payment of application/ service fee.

Investors can now do self attestation of documents, so the hassle of getting it attested from different government officials has been removed. The state government has removed the process of redundant clearance, inspections and certifications and has allowed third party certifications by professionals. Punjab government has also set a standardized mechanism for grievance redressal where the prospective investor can submit their grievance at info@investpunjab.gov.in and action will be taken within 15 days.

From the moment the investor applies through common application form, the bureau keeps the investor in loop regarding various project initiating stages or in case any further information or documents are required. A full transparent method is used where the investor is informed about every single detail.

The PBIP serves as a single point of contact for giving all regulatory clearances and applicable fiscal incentives and assist the investor in setting up the project.

Abundant Power at Competitive Prices

Punjab is among the top states of the country which has seen major developments in past few years. The state has achieved a level which was unimaginable at one point of time. Amongst other, one of the major developments is making Punjab a power surplus state. The state government has taken major steps to ensure quality power to industrial and domestic users at competitive prices. Significant strides have been taken by the state to increase the power production including development of three new power plants.

punjab electrictyPioneer in developing a state-level 400 KV Ring Main System to improve power quality and its supply, Punjab has invested over ₹ 4,400 crore (US$ 730 mn) in the last three years to build up the transmission and distribution systems. State has focused largely on production of solar power making it a huge phenomenon. An investment of ₹ 800 cr (US$ 133 mn) has been made during 2014-15 for allocation of a 100 MW capacity grid connected power project. In 2012-13, the State allocated projects for generation of 250 MW of grid connected solar power plants.

In addition, Bio Mass Projects are being developed by the state. During the current year, 300 MW capacity biomass power projects with an average plant capacity of 10 MW each will be allocated. Estimated investment of ₹ 1,000 cr (US$ 167 mn) has been made for bio mass projects. Punjab has abundant supply of paddy straw available which is used along with other fuel technologies to produce power.

Further, Punjab will soon see a new 85 MW capacity mini-hydro power projects on Upper Bari Doab Canal (UBDC) system and its branch canals. The plant is expected to generate 5-15 MW of capacity individually. It shall be developed using an estimated investment of ₹ 1,000 cr (US$ 167 mn). The government is also giving a major push to Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Power Projects. Over 100,000 square meters of area is available on government buildings for the purpose.

With such huge projects undertaken by the government, the power surplus state of Punjab is now seen as an ideal destination for business and industry. Accompanied by state-of-the-art infrastructure, the state will soon be a torch bearer for rest of the states in the nation.

One Institution, One Block

India being one of the youngest nations in the world with more than 65% of its population below the age of 35, still it today is facing major problems of unemployment and poverty. Only 3% population of the country is skilled as compared to the advanced countries where more than 90% of their population are highly skilled. In order to resolve this crisis, the need of the hour is to impart skill training to the youth of the nation.

Punjab government has taken the initiative and decided to move forward with the slogan ‘one institution, one block’ for imparting skill training to the youth across the state, Punjab government stated that there is a need of cooperation between the state government and private educational institutions to make the state as a pool of skilled manpower across the country. Skill training is the only mantra for poverty alleviation in the Country; this could open new avenues of employment for the youth. To make this possible, state government will support every educational institution to adopt an administrative block in the state to impart skill training to the youth.

Realising the vast potential of skill training in the state, the state government has already taken a slew of measures to promote it in a big way. In line with the national skill development policy, the state has set up an empowered state skill development mission to bring synergy, scale and effective oversight in the implementation of various skill development initiatives in the State. The state government will establish 2,000 skill centres to impart training to one lakh youth at a cost of Rs 300 crore.

The state government has already chalked out a detailed action program to provide the best skill training to the unemployed youth as well as up-skilling them in specific fields like healthcare & paramedics, driving & automotive, animal husbandry & allied farming and construction activity. The state technical education & industrial training department would rope in the world class skill development agencies for this purpose; three skill development centres are being established in the government medical colleges of Patiala, Amritsar and Faridkot to impart training in healthcare and paramedics.

gadvasuThe state government has decided to set up five multi-skill development centres (MSDCs) at Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur and Patiala with an aim to offer new skill training courses in light engineering, hand tools, garment & fashion technology and welding and so on to the youth in accordance with the felt needs of the local industry. Youth would also be imparted with training in specially designed courses related to activities in the field of animal husbandry and allied farming such as dairying, piggery, bee keeping, fishery, floriculture and horticulture etc. in the Punjab agriculture university (PAU) and Guru Arjan Dev veterinary and animal science university (GADVASU), Ludhiana with a focused approach to promote the much needed program of agriculture diversification in a big way.

Requesting the support of the private educational institutions for promotion of the skill education in the state, the state government would extend fulsome support and cooperation to them for this noble cause and will also have detailed discussions with the private educational institutes to turn skill development program as a ‘mass revolution’, so that Punjab would emerge as the top state in the country with skilled manpower.

SAS Nagar to become Punjab’s showcase city

Sahibzada Ajit Singh nagar (SAS nagar) is Punjab’s well planned city, which is designed and developed into identical sectors and phases. Today the city has become a major hub of residential and commercial coexistence. Major IT and service oriented companies have found it as the most suitable place for work.

 Punjab government has decided to develop SAS nagar as Punjab’s showcase city. Major plans are in implementation for the overall development of the city. The state government has already started works amounting to Rs. 19 crore and another aid of Rs. 50 crore would be released soon. The state government has committed that no dearth of funds would be allowed to hamper the development projects in the city.

Punjab government has asked the municipal councillors of the city to send development proposals of their wards to the MC Commissioner so as to meticulously chalk out the strategy for overall development of the city. With the objective of creating SAS nagar as an IT hub of India, the state government is aiming at the creation of one lakh jobs in the next five years which will be a great boost for the youth of Punjab and nearby states.

In next four years, the state government will develop the International airport in the city as the cargo hub of north India, which will act as a catalyst in the development of the city and result in creation of more employment avenues for the youth of the region. In order to make youth of the region more skilled Punjab government has sanctioned Rs 50 lakh for the skill development centre which will be jointly setup by the Mohali industries association (MIA). 

With Punjab government’s initiative of developing and creating industrial friendly environment in the state, soon it will emerge as the leader in growth and progress of the overall nation.

Punjab Government – Procuring every grain of paddy

paddy1With the beginning of kharif season 2015-16, Punjab government has started the procurement of paddy from the markets. The state government has stated that it is determined to purchase and lift every grain of paddy from markets across the state. Till 7th October 2015, 4.81L MT of paddy has been procured, wherein, government agencies procured 4.23L MT for central pool and the private traders procured 57,940 MT of paddy.

Punjab government has directed the procurement agencies to ensure the procurement of paddy at minimum support price. Orders for immediate lifting of the procured crop have also been issued. The paddy procured by different agencies would be stored in the various ware house grain stores. The state government has completed all the arrangements to store the crop. Also the incoming variety of paddy would be procured without any delay in coming days. Punjab government has directed senior officials to visit mandis in every part of the state to make sure that the farmer’s interests will be protected at all costs. All concerned officers are directed to ensure their presence in the mandis till the end of procurement operations every day so that farmers should not face any problem.

Punjab government has issued detailed guidelines to execute smooth and hassle free procurement operations. Necessary arrangements have also been made in all the 1806 purchase centers of the state to ensure smooth procurement procedure. In order to facilitate farmers during the ongoing kharif season, Punjab government has launched a helpline in the directorate of food and civil supplies at Chandigarh. The helpline numbers are 0172-2702120, 0172-2703535 and 0172 -2702356 and e-mail id helplinefoodsupply.pb@gmail.com. The helpline has been set up aiming at providing instant relief to the farmers if facing any difficulty during the procurement season. The helpline would be functional from morning 8 a.m. till 11 p.m. at night and anybody including the farmers, commission agent, Sheller owner, transporter, labour or even amongst public could contact and register their grievances and suggestion regarding the paddy procurement process on this helpline. The entire procurement process is being monitored online. A special grievances cell has also been set up which would look into the grievances of the people relating to the paddy procurement and resolve the issues instantaneously.