Haryana To Develop Three Cluster Cities To Promote Industry

Gurgaon: | Updated: Dec 23 2002, 05:30am hrs
The Centre has cleared the development of Gurgaon, Faridabad and Ambala in Haryana as cluster cities under a World Trade Organisation-oriented scheme of promoting allied industrial units in one town.

According to a state industry department spokesperson, Gurgaon has been selected for manufacture of light two and four-wheel autos and their ancillaries, artificial jewellery, readymade garments, agri-processing units, especially malt and poultry farming, and fruit and vegetable processing.

Faridabad will concentrate on upgrading the quality of existing and new engineering (both heavy and light), vehicles, generation of thermal power, footwear, ceramics and entertainment-related industry and its auxiliaries, particularly in the small sector.

Ambala will continue to concentrate on manufacturing electronics items, mainly for Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), scientific instrumentation, and would be the hub for distributing petrofuel for the region.

HERC Stalemate Continues
A stalemate continues to hit the working of Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission because of differences over the appointment of an IAS officer as secretary.

The commission is a three-member panel comprising KS Chaube as chairman and former minister Subash Katyal and former IAS officer Raghbir Singh as members.

While Mr Chaube quotes the HERC Act in support of his argument that it is the commissions prerogative to select its secretary and staff, both Mr Katyal and Mr Singh disagree with this. They say that such a decision should be unanimous and differences, if any, among the members should be referred to the state government for adjudication.

Mr Chaubes aides quote Section 9 of the Act to assert that dispute in this context means differences regarding generation, distribution and pricing of power to various sectors and allied matters, not regarding recruitment of staff.

Mr Katyal, however, said the chairman was keen on giving the secretarys slot to a bureaucrat close to chief minister Om Prakash Chautala. Further, Mr Katyal asks: If Mr Chaube had the power to appoint the secretary, why did he write to the chief secretary to spare some competent IAS officer to act as secretary not once but thrice

In this midst of all this din, Mr Chautala has chosen to keep mum. Mr Katyal, who is often seen with the chief minister, however, claimed that Mr Chaube had turned the dispute into a prestige issue. But this will is not desirable and acceptable, he told FE.