Rajasthan: Ashok Gehlot makes poll promises

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Jaipur, March 6: Rajathan is set to have 10 new industrial zones in different districts to draw investment and speed up economic activities. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday in his budget speech announced to set up new industrial areas in Jhalawar, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Pali, Chittorgarh, Alwar , Sri Ganganagar, Alwar and Jaipur districts .

Gehlot also proposed to establish a 92-acre automobile service complex in Jaipur's Prahladpura industrial area. The chief minister said it would attract an investment worth Rs 160 crore and generate employment for 4,000 people.

He also announced that a handloom and khadi plaza will be set up in all the divisional headquarters. The units will be set up with an estimated cost of Rs 5 crore each to encourage sale of khadi products.

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The Congress government in the state had reportedly given consent for incentives to Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) for setting up an oil refinery. Work on land acquisition for the project was underway, sources said.

Gehlot told the assembly that the HPCL board has decided to forward a proposal on the refinery along with recommendations to the central government for approval. It is learnt that the state government and the HPCL will sign an MoU on March 13 to set up the refinery.

Rajasthan will go to the assembly elections later this year.

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