Kohima, May 28: Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Commerce K C Nihoshe said the Nagaland Government is contemplating to substantially expand the industrial sector by taking note of past experiences and decided to revamp the sector for the benefit of the people of the state.
Talking to mediapersons at Dimapur last evening, Dr Nihoshe attributed the failure of the Nagaland Sugar Mill at Dimapur, Mini Sugar Mills at Jalukie in Peren district and Mechanized Brick Factory at Dimapur, including the Tuli Paper Mill in Tuli under Mokokchung district due to over staffing and low productivity. He said that the state government is taking utmost care not to repeat the mistakes of the past and now the Government would give more emphasis on the industrial growth in the state with ambitious plans for the purpose. Dr Nihoshe related the Government's ambitious plans and said that they would be benefit both the people and the state government.
He said that to uplift the economic conditions of the people, the Government has earmarked Rs one crore each for the three International Border Trade Centers (IBTC) in Pangsha, Longwa and Avangkhu, along the Indo-Myanmar border, which would be utilized for construction of rest houses and trade huts in the centres to facilitate businessmen to do more business.
He admitted that the IBTCs were still in nascent stage due to want of basic infrastructures and expressed confidence that once the infrastructures were installed, they would gradually develop into booming trade centres between India and Myanmar and go beyond that to cover the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) countries in support of the Union Government's "Look East Policy".
Speaking on a possible revival of the Tuli Paper Mill, Dr Nihoshe said that the mill is expected to be fully functioning by next year and was awaiting approval of all essential quarters.
The Amguri(Assam)-Tuli railway lines linking the Paper Mill to the rest of the state had been one of the hindrances, but he was optimistic that the Mill will be operational by September 2009.
Talking about a Korean Company, which had signed an agreement to set up a Food Processing Unit at Ganeshnagar at Dimapur, Dr Nihoshe said it has further agreed to set up an institute for a Diploma Course on food processing. In this connection, he welcomed all entrepreneurs to utilise the facilities at the site for industrial growth in the state.
He also encouraged the enterprising individuals to avail Government subsidy schemes such as Chief Minister's Corpus Fund and Prime Minister's Rojgar Yojana (PMRY) to boost their individual career growth and overall growth of industries in the state.