Haryana govt assures assistance to MMTC refinery

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Chandigarh, Apr 11 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today assured all assistance to the Minerals and Metals Trading Corporation (MMTC) in setting up of its world class medallion unit and refinery for bullion, with a leading international company, near Sohna in the state.

This unit is expected to be operational in later part of 2009.

Talking to mediapersons after inaugurating MMTC's ''Festival of Gold'' exhibition, India's largest gold and jewellery show.

Mr Hooda said the unit of the MMTC would help in providing employment opportunities to the people of the state. Replying to another question regarding setting up of industrial units in backward areas of the state, Mr Hooda said that about 70 development blocks have been declared as backward.

The government has been providing a number of incentives for the industrial units being set up in these backward areas of the state.

Earlier, while speaking on the occasion, Mr Hooda appreciated MMTC for maintaining purity of gold and enabling the consumers to get a variety of tested and hallmarked jewellery. MMTC has an annual turnover of Rs 25,000 crore,he added.

The exhibition will remain open up till April 14. The 'Festival of Gold' at Chandigarh is in continuation of similar exhibitions held earlier at Delhi, Kolkata, Goa, Mumbai and Bangalore.

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