Bhopal : In context to the Corona crisis, the Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the state government will take every necessary step to boost industrial activities in the state. To attract new investment in the state, necessary concession will be provided to all the categories of the industry. The state government has taken the initiative to make amendments in the Labour laws with the same objective. Shri Chouhan was interacting with the representatives of the industrial organizations through video conferencing at Mantralaya today. While terming the initiative to amend the labour laws as a revolutionary step, many industrial organizations have described it as an example for other states.
Shri Chouhan said that owing to the world wide Corona crisis, it has not only affected the body but Corona has also impacted the economy enormously. As a result of exercise carried out continuously this week, some labour laws have been amended to transform the crisis into an opportunity. A process to obtain approval from the Government of India is underway. The facilities that the management of the factories will get from all these efforts will make it possible to improve the economy. Shri Chouhan further mentioned that the state government will take necessary steps on the suggestions of the office bearers of the industrial organizations.
The Chief Minister said that the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi says that Jaan bhi hai aur Jahan bhi hai (Life and the world, both are important). Many labour laws will be relaxed in Madhya Pradesh till the next one thousand days. Mainly, relaxation will be given in the provisions of the Factory Act, 1948. Factories will have provision of third party inspection. Moreover, factories will have the right to get rid of registers and changes in the shift.
Shri Chouhan told the industrialists that we all have make efforts together to ensure how to bring back the economy on track. We are partners and colleagues and hence in this context, we all have to make arrangements to ensure development of construction sector, real estate, trade and commerce.
Comments by Industrialists
Shri Dinesh Patidar (FICCI):The amendments you are bringing in the Labour Lawa for investment are commendable. We will cooperate. Certainly, new investment will come in the state. The work of wheat procurement without crowding is going smoothly in the state.
Shri Anurag Shrivastava (CII):You are doing a good job. Although situation is tough but your attempt to give concessions to new industries is worth welcoming. The Confederation of Indian Industry will definitely give you some suggestions vide a letter.
Shri Mahesh Gupta and Shri Arun Soni (Laghu Udyog Bharti): Industries that run continuously have different problems. Some charges should be reduced to provide relief.
Shri Wasik Hussain (CREDAI): As it is, the real estate is going through bad phase. People can be attracted towards the real estate if there is an exemption in stamp duty for three-four months. Assistance is also needed in diversion and lease rent charges.
Shri Kunal Gyani (PHD Chamber of Chamber of Commerce and Industry): Defer lease rent, maintenance this year. Relief will come if the wages related to ESI (Employee State Insurance Scheme) are paid by the Ministry of Labour, Government of India.
Shri Akhilesh Rathi and Shri Shreyeskar Chowdhary (Madhya Pradesh Textile Mills Association): After agriculture, Textile is a major industry. We are iinitiating 12 hours shift. We are taking full care of the labourers. We request that dearness allowance etc. should not be hiked this year.
Shri Paresh Chawla (Indian Drug Manufactures):About 25 percent less production has taken place. There are problems and a policy should be framed that if there is a corona affected worker in the factory then no action should be taken against him/her.
Shri Hridesh Kirar (Dalit Indian Chambers of Commerce): A special package should be given and manufacturing sector should be benefitted in all districts.
Shri Avinash Sethi and Shri Gaurav Hajra (Nescom): IT companies provide good employment. It is still a growing industry today. Recovery will definitely take time. The entire state has IT Parks. Fixed charges will not be imposed, it is a good decision. Rental subsidy should be extended by one year. Permission should be given for night shift.
Shri Gaurav Taneja (Prominent Industrialist): If we talk about the global scenario then Japan, Korea and America wish to overtake China. India should avail advantage of this opportunity. There is a need to strengthen infrastructure sector. Electronics and Nano technology has got affected in the entire world. Now simplify some of the procedures under the Ease of Doing Business. The Madhya Pradesh can give direction to other states by giving one and half year concessions to some industries.