Union MoS for Commerce & Industries reaches Ganderbal on 2-day visit
GANDERBAL: The Union Minister of State (MoS) for Commerce and Industries Anupriya Singh Patel on Wednesday visited district Ganderbal under the third phase of the public outreach programme of Government of India to assess the ground level development scenario.
On the first day of his visit, the minister visited old Industrial Estates Ganderbal where she was briefed about the functioning of industrial estate in which over 90 units are established.
The DIC Ganderbal informed that four new Industrial Estates are coming up in the district at Barsoo, Kohistan Colony, Pehlipora and Arigoripora for which allotment process has already been initiated.
The minister interacted with the Association of Small Scale Industrial Unit Holders Ganderbal who apprised her about the issues being faced by various unit holders and demanded augmentation of various facilities within the estate viz upgradation of canal road, drainage and effluent treatment plant, sustained marketability and other issues for increasing its scope.
The minister said the purpose of visiting the Industrial Estate was to take first hand appraisal about its functioning adding that the department is committed to provide all possible facilities to the unit holders in order to increase the scope and growth of the industry.
She also apprised them of the steps being taken up by the department for implementation of various subsidy schemes.
Earlier, the minister along with DDC Chairperson Nuzhat Ishfaq, Deputy Commissioner Shyambir and other dignitaries inspected the stalls erected by various unit holders to showcase their products within the premises of Industrial Estates.
Later, she inaugurated a Senior Citizen Home of 25 bed facility at Wayil which is being established in rented accommodation under Atal Vayo Abhyuday Yojana by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and would be run by Hope Disability Centre.
On the occasion, the Minister took a round of the building and was informed that all facilities would be available for the senior citizens like free boarding and lodging, medical care and counseling, recreational facilities and rehabilitation programmes.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister complimented the district administration and Hope Disability Center for establishing Senior Citizen Home and said that the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has taken responsibility for welfare, social justice and empowerment of disadvantaged and marginalized sections of society including the elderly.
She said that around 70 ministers are visiting J&K under a public outreach programme of the Central Government to assess the ground level development scenario and review the implementation of various government schemes on the ground.