Source: News Bharati English20 Dec 2016 15:00:55

Bhubaneswar, December 20:  The State Government on Monday constituted a five-member ministerial sub-committee to facilitate implementation of the investment proposals from the Make-In-Odisha conclave which was held in the first week of December.

The formation of the sub-committee was announced by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who reviewed the progress in processing the investment proposals received at the Make-In-Odisha conclave. The sub-committee will meet every month to review the situation.

A decision was also taken to constitute a task force headed by Chief Secretary AP Padhi to review and execute the investment proposals received at the conclave. The other members of the task force include Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan, Principal Secretary in the Finance department TK Pandey, Principal Secretary in the Industries department Sanjeev Chopra, Principal Secretary in Steel and Mines department RK Sharma, Principal Secretary in Agriculture and Farmers Empowerment department Manoj Ahuja, Principal Secretary in the Forest and Environment department Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Principal Secretary in the Revenue and Disaster Management department Mona Sharma, Secretary in the Fisheries and Animal Resources Development department Bishnupada Sethi, Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Industrial Promotion and Investment Corporation of Odisha Limited (IPICOL) G Mathivathanan and Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Industrial Development Corporation of Orissa (IDCO) Sanjay Kumar Singh.

The Chief Minister asked the officials to work to translate the investment proposals into reality. He said necessary changes in the policy should be carried out to create investor confidence and improve the atmosphere of ease-of-doing business in the State.

He said investment proposals of at least `1,50,000 crore received from Bangalore and Mumbai conclaves should be implemented within three years. He asked the officials to ensure to reach the target of 30 lakh additional employment generation by 2025.

Official sources said the Industries department is in touch with industrial houses which had evinced interest to invest in Odisha. The department has planned meetings with industrialists at Kolkata, Mumbai and Bangalore in January, 2017. In the first phase, the State Government will give importance to the investment proposals of `600 crore in the apparel and garments sector which have the potential to create employment opportunities for 30,000 people.

The sub-committee to be headed by Industries Minister Debi Prasad Mishra will have Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha, Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Industries Jogendra Behera, Minister of State for Steel and Mines Prafulla Mallick and Minister of State for Energy Pranab Prakash Das as members.