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PHDCCI calls for removing interstate trade barriers

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Shimla, Mar 17 (UNI) The PHDCCI today called for removing all interstate trade barriers for developing infrastructure in Himachal Pradesh to make industry sustainable.

The focus of the government should shift from primary generation reforms, which has reached a threshold level, to second-generation reforms, which has to be implemented at the state level, PHDCCI President Sushma Berlia said at a press confernce here.

She said regional treaties have become imperative for speedy growth of the states and the countries under the new economic policy under globalisation and World Trade Oganisation (WTO), The PHDCCI would initiate setting up of the North India Common Economy (NICE) to have common agenda for the states of the region, she said.

Ms Berlia said this would help in the removal of barriers and overall development of the region.

Referring to Himachal government's demand for extending the incentives of tax exemptions under the industrial package beyond 2007, she said incentives had insignificant role in industrial development.

On the others hand Sound infrastructure, road, rail and air connectivity, industrial peace, better law and order situation, power availability and high indicators of social sector like health and education, boosted industry, Ms Berlia added.

She said Himachal was in a reasonably good position keeping in view these factors and the main aim of the state should be to ensure that the industry that has come up in the past few years stayes on.

The PHDCCI President stressed the need for sustainable growth of the industry and called for setting of industries from periphery to other areas so that the entire state benefited from it.

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