Chhattisgarh Industry Minister takes firm action against absentee officer

Industry Minister Lakhanlal Dewangan has issued directives for disciplinary action against an officer who failed to attend a crucial meeting convened by the minister at the Circuit House in Raipur on Thursday. Expressing his dissatisfaction over the absence of departmental officers, the minister emphasized the importance of the presence of all responsible officers in such meetings.

The minister was notified of the absence of the Managing Director from Narayanpur. In response, an immediate show cause notice was issued demanding an explanation for the absence.

During the meeting, the minister instructed officials to issue notices within three days to industries that have not complied with the stipulated time frame for installing plants. Additionally, he directed authorities to take necessary measures to reclaim land from such non-compliant entities.

Highlighting the impending implementation of the new Industrial Policy 2024-2029 in the state, the minister convened the meeting with managers of industrial and business centers from all districts. Notably, among the absentees was Kamal Singh Meena, the manager of the Narayanpur District Industry Center, for whom a notice was issued during the meeting.

Present at the meeting were Mohammad Kaiser Abdul Haq, Secretary of the Commerce and Industry Department, P Arun Prasad, Director of Industries, Alok Trivedi, Joint Secretary and Additional Director of Industries, Praveen Shukla, Santosh Bhagat, along with officers from various districts.

Minister Dewangan stressed the government’s commitment to maximizing employment opportunities, aligning with the vision of the Prime Minister and Chief Minister. He emphasized the need to equip individuals with skills alongside providing employment opportunities, advocating for the establishment of more industries in the state to bolster youth employment.

Recognizing the role of industries in bolstering the state’s economy, the minister reviewed schemes such as the Prime Minister’s Employment Creation Scheme and the Chief Minister’s Youth Self-Employment Scheme. He directed officials to expedite the approval of loans for self-employment applicants, cautioning against unnecessary delays by bankers.

Furthermore, the minister underscored the importance of ensuring that government schemes reach the intended beneficiaries in new districts, urging coordination with other departments for efficient application scrutiny. The cabinet minister also conducted a comprehensive review of the Prime Minister Vishwakarma Skill Honor Scheme, emphasizing the need for quality training for all beneficiaries across 18 trades.

Manish Tiwari

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