CII unit, MPs meet discuss plan for UP

Written by Deepa Jainani | Lucknow | Updated: Aug 30 2011, 06:07am hrs
In a bid to usher in development in Uttar Pradesh, the Confederation of Indian Industrys (CIIs) Uttar Pradesh state council held an interactive meeting with Members of Parliament (MPs) representing the state to work out a plan according to which it can redesign its agenda with the plans of the MPs of the state. Five MPs, representing both the developed western region of the state as well as the backward and impoverished eastern regions cut across party lines to attend the meet to state that UP has immense agricultural resources and efforts need to be made for its enhancement. They also felt that there was a crying need to fill the skill development gap in order to boost industries.

The CII was represented by its members, Vijay Thadani, chairman CII northern region and Alok Saxena, CEO of NIIT, vice chairman of the UP state council and Tata Motorsplant head Mayank Ajay Gupta, CEO and MD of Olympic Zippers, Deepak Malik, Chairman, regional committee on developmental initiatives and MD of Continental Carbons India Ltd and Jayant Krishna, co-chairman of the regional committee on skills and principal consultant and regional manager of Tata Consultancy Services.

The Rashtriya Lok Dal MP from Bijnor, Sanjay Singh Chauhan, reiterated the need to explore the agricultural resources of the state. UP is rich in agriculture and produces many crops such as sugarcane, wheat, rice, dals, pulses, potato, mango, amla and guava. But despite all these, the state has been lagging behind in terms of major investment coming to the food processing sector, mainly due to the lack of human resource availability, he said. He sought the CIIs intervention in developing models that would open new prospects for the farmers and help them stick to their respective profession of farming.

The Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Meerut Rajendra Agarwal, seconded Chauhan on the need to enhance agricultural activities in the state and also felt that there was an urgent need to have more warehousing and cold storage facilities as currently lots of losses are incurred due to improper facilities in the state.

On behalf of CII, Vijay Thadani suggested that it would take up the matter with its members and have awareness sessions for the farmers. CII with the help of its agricultural panel will explore marketing linkages for the farmers to market their produce, he said. He also suggested that the MPs facilitate the participation of the farmers in their respective constituencies to attend and take part in various agri events conducted by CII from time to time.

The ruling BSP, MP, Dhananjay Singh from Jaunpur expressed concern over the fact that inspite of the fact that Jaunpur has the maximum number of ITIs in its region, the people passing out of these ITIs remained unemployed. He felt that skills that are imparted to the youth should be on the basis of the local resources of that area so that the productive youth of that area stays and contributes to the uplifting and development of that very area.

He suggested that this could be done by identifying the block level requirement and then finding the apt industries to adopt the ITIs. Kamlesh Paswan, the BJP MP of Banzgaon also felt that there was a need to develop the entrepreneurial skill of the youth and develop micro entrepreneurs that could give rise to employment opportunities in the UP State.

The CII suggested that it would take the assistance of CII member companies in the Northern Region to adopt these ITIs to upgrade them through the PPP model. This model is being widely used in the rest of the region to upgrade the skill set of the youth, said Alok Saxena of Tata Motors. Suggesting that there is a need to develop a roadmap on the skill requirements for the whole of UP State, the CII members said that this roadmap would help the Government identify areas where skill gaps are and what best could be done to bridge these skill gaps. They also said that it conducts entrepreneurial development sessions form time to time and asked for the assistance of the MPs present to facilitate their participation for these programmes.

Shailender Kumar, the Samajwadi Party MP from Kaushambi expressed concern that a large number of industries in UP are becoming sick which is also leading to large scale unemployment and needs to be looked into. Gorakhpur, which has a great scope for fertilizer production needs to be explored and invited industry player to be invited for investment in the region, he said.

Jayant Krishna, co-chairman, Regional Committee on Skills said that Uttar Pradesh has not attracted any major investment since the past 20 years and the Government needs to look into providing incentives for big players to set up industries in the State. Investment by big players will automatically attract ancillary units around it which will in a way lead to creating employment opportunities for the unemployed youth of the State, he added.