The Chhattisgarh Industrial Policy is the most attractive in the country: Chief Minister Baghel

Chhattisgarh is full of natural resources, there is immense potential for industry and business.

Labor force and peace environment in the state conducive to industry and business

Raipur, 23 October 2021:  Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel has said that Corona pandemic has put the world at a place from where industry, trade and business as well as every kind of business needs a new initiative. Similarly, governments also need to think in a new way about the new environment for business. The apprehensions about demand and supply that have arisen after the long lockdown require new strategies. Chief Minister Shri Baghel was addressing a discussion organized by Economic Times today.

    Mr. Baghel said that I am happy that today I am sharing the idea of ​​Chhattisgarh's resources and strategies through this platform. The participation of every section is being ensured in harnessing the resources of Chhattisgarh in a balanced manner. Due to which we kept the economy alive even during the lockdown and achieved many achievements. In fact, the lockdown was a period when people living in every country, every state and its regions were cut off from each other. At such a time it was not even possible to imagine any new work.

            Chhattisgarh has doubled its export figure i.e. we have not only increased our production but also increased our exports during the lockdown. In the year 2019-20, the export of Chhattisgarh was Rs 9067 crore. Which increased to Rs 17200 crore in the year 2020-21. I want to say that there are immense resources in Chhattisgarh. 44 percent of the total area of ​​the state is forested, which is a big deal in today's time. There is so much water in the state that irrigation potential can be increased by 75 percent. However, at present only 23 percent of the area is being irrigated from the available water resources.

           Mr. Baghel said that it is our endeavor that it should be doubled soon. So that we can overtake the national average of 38 percent. Mineral resources are our biggest strength. We have 57206 billion tonnes of coal reserves. Which is about 18 percent of the country's coal reserves. We have iron ore reserves of 4858 million tonnes, which is about 22 percent of the iron ore reserves of the country. We have 30 million tonnes of tin ore reserves of strategic importance, which is 36% of the total reserves of the country. We are the only state in the country in terms of production of tin ore.

         The Chief Minister said that Chhattisgarh is fortunate, it has everything from precious minerals like diamond, alexandrite, gold metal, manganese, garnet to limestone, bauxite, dolomite. Such completeness of various minerals is not normally found in other states. In this way, on the one hand, we have immense potential for the establishment of mineral based industries. On the other hand, there is also great potential for mining of diamond gold metal. We are the leading state in the country in terms of energy, steel, cement and tin production. We produce more than twice what we need, and play a big role in nation building.

          Mr. Baghel said that you will be surprised to know that during the lockdown when the whole world was locked in homes, then our industries worked 90 to 100 percent. When the production of Ispat Cement was stopped all over India, Chhattisgarh was supplying to the whole country. Not only this, there has also been a tremendous boom in the sector of agriculture, forest produce during this period. When the unemployment rate was increasing in the country, then the unemployment rate in our state was at the lowest level. In the year 2018 when we came to the government. The unemployment rate then was 22 percent. It reached the lowest rate of 2 per cent in the last two years and is now at 3.8 per cent. Whereas currently the unemployment rate in India is 7.6 percent.

           Mr. Baghel said that I am happy to say that we have tried to highlight our specialties and capabilities in Chhattisgarh. We have adopted a policy of value addition of our available resources. In this way, we have made such policies by which we can gather our own strength and do something new with collective participation with determination.

         I am happy to say that we have taken the initiative to strengthen the priority sector by which we have made agriculture and forest products as a major source of employment for the people. Our strategy had a huge impact. Farms and forests provide employment to a large number of people. Due to which the purchasing power of a large population increases, so on one hand we made better arrangements to buy the main crop of the state at the support price of paddy and put money in the pockets of farmers by buying maximum paddy. At the same time, farmers were encouraged to take all types of crops including paddy. Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana is our scheme in which if you take paddy crop, then the government gives a grant of Rs 9000 per acre separately and if someone takes another crop instead of paddy, then he will get 10 thousand rupees per acre. Grant money has been arranged. In this way, we have emphasized on increasing the variety and quality of crops.

Chhattisgarh has doubled its export figure i.e. we have not only increased our production but also increased our exports during the lockdown. In the year 2019-20, the export of Chhattisgarh was Rs 9067 crore. Which increased to Rs 17200 crore in the year 2020-21. I want to say that there are immense resources in Chhattisgarh. 44 percent of the total area of ​​the state is forested, which is a big deal in today's time. There is so much water in the state that irrigation potential can be increased by 75 percent. However, at present only 23 percent of the area is being irrigated from the available water resources.

           Mr. Baghel said that it is our endeavor that it should be doubled soon. So that we can overtake the national average of 38 percent. Mineral resources are our biggest strength. We have 57206 billion tonnes of coal reserves. Which is about 18 percent of the country's coal reserves. We have iron ore reserves of 4858 million tonnes, which is about 22 percent of the iron ore reserves of the country. We have 30 million tonnes of tin ore reserves of strategic importance, which is 36% of the total reserves of the country. We are the only state in the country in terms of production of tin ore.

         The Chief Minister said that Chhattisgarh is fortunate, it has everything from precious minerals like diamond, alexandrite, gold metal, manganese, garnet to limestone, bauxite, dolomite. Such completeness of various minerals is not normally found in other states. In this way, on the one hand, we have immense potential for the establishment of mineral based industries. On the other hand, there is also great potential for mining of diamond gold metal. We are the leading state in the country in terms of energy, steel, cement and tin production. We produce more than twice what we need, and play a big role in nation building.

          Mr. Baghel said that you will be surprised to know that during the lockdown when the whole world was locked in homes, then our industries worked 90 to 100 percent. When the production of Ispat Cement was stopped all over India, Chhattisgarh was supplying to the whole country. Not only this, there has also been a tremendous boom in the sector of agriculture, forest produce during this period. When the unemployment rate was increasing in the country, then the unemployment rate in our state was at the lowest level. In the year 2018 when we came to the government. The unemployment rate then was 22 percent. It reached the lowest rate of 2 per cent in the last two years and is now at 3.8 per cent. Whereas currently the unemployment rate in India is 7.6 percent.

           Mr. Baghel said that I am happy to say that we have tried to highlight our specialties and capabilities in Chhattisgarh. We have adopted a policy of value addition of our available resources. In this way, we have made such policies by which we can gather our own strength and do something new with collective participation with determination.

         I am happy to say that we have taken the initiative to strengthen the priority sector by which we have made agriculture and forest products as a major source of employment for the people. Our strategy had a huge impact. Farms and forests provide employment to a large number of people. Due to which the purchasing power of a large population increases, so on one hand we made better arrangements to buy the main crop of the state at the support price of paddy and put money in the pockets of farmers by buying maximum paddy. At the same time, farmers were encouraged to take all types of crops including paddy. Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana is our scheme in which if you take paddy crop, then the government gives a grant of Rs 9000 per acre separately and if someone takes another crop instead of paddy, then he will get 10 thousand rupees per acre. Grant money has been arranged. In this way, we have emphasized on increasing the variety and quality of crops.

         Earlier, where only 7 minor forest produce used to be purchased, now we have made arrangements to buy 52 minor forest produce at support price. In the last two years, 80 thousand crore rupees have been given to farmers, people dependent on minor forest produce through DBT, with this money, liquidity was maintained in rural markets and due to this the business of cities continued. During this, there was a lot of excitement in Chhattisgarh from automobile, electronic, cloth to bullion market. Agricultural equipment was procured on a large scale. On one hand we have made agriculture to forest produce, cow dung as a means of income for the people, on the other hand we are setting up large-scale processing units for processing agricultural produce and forest produce.

       We are making food parks in every block, in this way we have opened a new market for agriculture and forest produce. Which will develop entrepreneurship among a large number of rural and forest dwellers by connecting with industrial development. Through Suraji Gaon Yojana, we have taken the initiative of water conservation, environmental protection and livestock development on the one hand. On the other hand, it has given birth to the revolution of organic manure, so that the purity of soil, water and produce can be brought under international standards.

As far as industrial development on the traditional basis of minerals is concerned, I would like to say that the industrial policy of Chhattisgarh is one of the most attractive in the country. We are giving land to new investors at one-third less than the earlier rates. In the parameters of Ease of Doing Business, it is included in the top four states in the country. Along with the single window system, we have made such arrangements that the investor gets all the permissions within the shortest possible days. Chhattisgarh's policy is the most attractive in the country in terms of providing all kinds of support to investors. We produce one third of the country's steel, cement, aluminum. At the same time, we invite entrepreneurs like you with very attractive policies for the sunrise sector of the country. The connectivity of Chhattisgarh state is easy from all the states.

            We have a proud history of labor peace. Which guarantees that the investors can do their business here very peacefully and in harmony. Adequate investment is being made on the development of infrastructure in the state so that there is no problem in arrival of raw materials and evacuation of manufactured goods. Now our priority is the promotion of exports. For which efforts are being made. The office of Engineering Export Promotion Council of India has been established in Bhilai. Along with this, efforts are being made towards the establishment of the Regional Office of the Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Air Cargo. In order to promote exports, provision has been made to give transport grant to the exporting units in the new industrial policy 2019-24 of the state of Chhattisgarh. With the implementation of B-spoke policy in the new industrial policy 2019-24 of Chhattisgarh state, there has been an increase in the number of units investing capital above 100 crores.

             At present 140 units have entered into MoU with the state of Chhattisgarh with a capital investment of Rs.6556 crore. 90 thousand local people will get employment from the establishment of these industries. In which ethanol manufacturing, steel based industries, pharmaceutical, electronics, defense equipment textile, plastics sector and food processing industries are prominent. I want to tell that the resolution of Garhbo Nava Chhattisgarh has been taken. This means we want to allow innovation and innovation to thrive. We also want to paint the social and economic life of the state in the color of prosperity. The natural beauty of the state, dense forests, waterfalls make historical mythological tourist destinations avenues of development. Along with this, a lot of attention is also being paid to the development of the service sector.

     Mr. Baghel said that we want to accelerate the pace of economic development in the state by carrying forward the legacy of harmony and harmony, so Chhattisgarh is open to the investors coming to Chhattisgarh with new ideas. The Chief Minister invited entrepreneurs to come to Chhattisgarh to test the industrial environment here and expressed hope that industrialists would be happy to invest capital here seeing the positive environment of industrial business in Chhattisgarh.