Bhubaneswar : Odusha government senior officials Tuesday met captains of industries located in Balasore, Bhadrak and Mayurbhanj at the NOCCI Business park in Balasore.

The meeting was part of the ‘Industry care’ initiative to engage formally with district wise industries and to raise awareness about business reforms and institutional mechanisms among industries and address their issues on a high priority basis.

The event started with a keynote address by industries principal secretary Hemant Sharma followed by an address by advisor to chief minister and WODC chairman Asit Kumar Tripathy.

A detailed discussion with the participated industries also held followed by the presentation on District Investment Promotion Agency (DIPA) by IPICOL MD Dr. Nitin B Jawale.

The meeting was attended by 19 large scale industries and a total of 150 companies such as GAIL, Highland Agro, Falcon Marine exports, Everest Industries, Emami Paper Limited, IOCL among others.

The major industrial related issues discussed are: the Gas Grid infrastructure implementation by GAIL for industries located in these districts, the fast-tracking of textile unit to be set-up by IOCL at Basudevpur in Bhadrak district, expansion plan of HIL Limited at Somnathpur Industrial Estate, and plan for inauguration of Highland Agro.

MSME principal secretary Satyabrata Sahu and his officials interacted with the industries in a session held on MSME. A presentation on the Issues of MSME was presented by C P Bhartia, North Orissa Chamber of Commerce & Industry (NOCCI)

A Workshop on Prospective Economics Activities in Balasore was conducted by Balasore district collector K. Sudarshan Chakravarthy to highlight the potential economic activities in the sectors of agriculture, aquaculture, education and industries among others.

Furthermore, in a significant move to streamline the investment facilitation mechanism at the district level, the government of Odisha has announced the setting up of dedicated “District Investment Promotion Agencies (DIPA)” in each of the 30 Districts across the State.