Principal Secretary of the Department of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) of Government of Odisha Nikunja Sundaray has suggested the industrial units to focus not just on the productivity and profitability but also to the environmental aspects of the industries.
Speaking at a seminar 'PlastMart' organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with IDCO and IPICOL, he said the Plastic Cluster coming up in the outskirts of Balasore will also have to work on creating positive awareness on the advantages of using plastics against the age old belief of plastic being a non-degradebale substance.
He also ensured full support to all Small Scale Industries (SSIs) and welcomed all plastic industries from the eastern region to be a part of the Balasore cluster and make optimum use of the facilities being built in there.
Sundaray emphasized on the benefits of the plastic industry, which has zero pollution, minimum power consumption and can be started with the minimum amount of investment.
CII-North Odisha Zonal Council Chairman SP Patnaik said IDCO and Team Orissa has initiated the plastic cluster for MSME units, where IDCO will look after the infrastructure and Team Orissa will act as the facilitator for investors.
“CII is working on the growth and development of the MSMEs through cluster development, IP, technology and design intervention. Through consensus meetings, CII has also started exploring possibilities of undertaking new cluster interventions in the state,” he said.
During the programme, it was announced that the CII would create a help desk in Balasore to address the concerns and queries of the MSMEs in the region. Enhancing competitiveness of the MSMEs and the manufacturing sector through quality and innovation, developing clusters, creating awareness, enhancing knowledge and capacity building would be the focus area.
Among others, Director of MSME-DI Alok Ray, district collector Ranjit Mohanty, Regional Director of CII-Eastern Region Saugat Mukherjee, former CII-North Odisha Zonal Council Chairman Amit Behera, NOCCI president Devashish Mohanty and Vice Chairman of North Odisha Zonal Council Ashish Agarwal also spoke.
Later a technical session on investment opportunities and improving market linkage for plastic industry was also organized. The session was attended by Regional Manager of Reliance Industry Rajat Chakraborty, Business Development Group Senior Manager of Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd Suhan Ghosh, AGM-SME of State Bank of India JP Sen, IDCO consultant Ananga Das, Secretary of Indian Plastics Federation Pradip Nayar, CEO of Jagdamba Polymers Pvt Ltd CP Bhartia, Balasore GM-DIC S Nayak, Associate Professor and In-Charge (HLC) of CIPET Dr SN Yadav and Officer-Credit of Bank of Baroda Ram Prasad.