GUWAHATI: Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary held a video conferencing discussion with the General Managers (GMs) of District Industries and Commerce Centres (DICC) of all the districts of Assam at Janata Bhawan on Thursday.
The Minister discussed the benefits of Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan package announced by the Government of India and directed the GMs to create awareness about the package among industries and the industry associations across all the districts. The Minister also directed the GMs to connect the industries to the banking system and carryout necessary handholding so that the industries can avail the financial benefits of the schemes which shall enable speedy recovery of industrial economy of the state after the COVID-19 pandemic related national lockdown phase.
The Minister directed the GMs to prepare a database by collecting data from the respective Deputy Commissioners' office of the skilled and experienced migrants who have returned to the State so that they can be absorbed in the industries. 'Steps should be taken at the field level for imparting training to returning workers for upgrading their skills as per requirement by coordinating with Assam Skill Development Mission', added Patowary.
Minister Patowary stated that industries contribute 39% to the state GDP. Assam has 66,000 industries, out of which maximum are in the MSME sector. He added that the stimulus package with a special focus on MSMEs will greatly benefit the industrial sector of Assam, a press release said.