Pulwama, May 12: Additional Chief Secretary, Finance and Industries & Commerce (I&C), Vivek Bhardwaj, Thursday visited Industrial Growth Centre Lassipora, Pulwama to review the Industrial scenario there.
He was accompanied by Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama, Baseer-ul-Haq Chaudhary and Director, I&C, Kashmir, Mehmood Ahmad Shah besides officers from other concerned departments.
ACS visited some new industrial units coming up in the estate and had an extensive round of infrastructure of manufacturing units.
He appreciated their business model and the state of the art technology engaged to add value to the local produce. He recognized and lauded their contribution towards self-reliance and employment generation.
Vivek Bhardwaj also visited CA stores, Pencil slate manufacturing unit, Horticulture driven units like apple juice manufacturing plants etc. located in the estate.
During his visit to the pencil slate manufacturing unit, ACS was appraised by the authorities regarding the speciality of Pulwama in Pencil Slate manufacturing. He was informed that the district being the highest exporter of Pencil slates catering to almost 80% of the demand of the pencil manufacturing units in the country giving it the name of Pencil District.
During his interaction with young entrepreneurs, Vivek Bhardwaj expressed happiness and satisfaction over overall growth of Industrial sector in general and CA stores in particular in the district, over the last few years.
Further, he was also briefed about the emergence of Controlled Atmosphere storages in IGC Lassipora, as the estate houses around twenty CA stores with an aggregative capacity of almost one lac MTs and an equivalent number of such units are under establishment under New Industrial Policy.
On the occasion, ACS stressed on establishment of more such units in the estate, owing to the scope of such activities in integration of horticulture to Industry viz-a-viz role in employment generation.
Later, ACS held an interaction session with Industrial unit holders at Conference Hall, IGC Lassipora during which he gave a patient hearing to the points put forth by the Industrial unit holders, IGC Lassipora.
He assured that all the genuine demands will be examined and addressed on priority.
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