On the day of their 31st MIA Foundation day and almost 50 years after the inception of MIDC, Hingna, industries are still beset with problems like no clean drinking water, filthy roads and surroundings and no sewer line. And MSME, Director Director complains on the other hand that there are no takers in Vidarbha/ Nagpur for subsidies, schemes and services!
Nagpur: MIDC, Industries Association Hingna President Capt. C.M. Randhir, Secretary Chandrashekhar Shegaonkar and Narayan Gupta Programme Co-ordinator along with other office bearers of MIA felicitated successful entrepreneurs and former MIA Presidents on the occasion.
Industrialists felicitated were : Krishnamoorthy, Founder of Shri Balaji Industries and now Laxmi Narayan Industries for being a fore runner in PVC pipes business; CA Suresh Rathi, promoter of Supriya Packaging and Surabhi packaging and the duo of Rajesh Phirke and Prashant Shelke, Partners of Ortech Engineering Services two youngsters who have developed a unique cleaning solution that leaves zero residue. Their mission is ‘Clean Green India’ with a ‘Make in India’ process.
Sameer Meghe, M.L.A. and Chief guest at the function congratulated MIA on its foundation Day. He also assured them that he would help them the utmost in solving their problems and they ” should have patience and not get intimidated by problems, but fight”.
“I am aware, I have become the MLA of this area only with your blessings and it is one and a half years since I have been elected; I shall need your support again in 4 years, for which I have to work hard” Sameer said candidly.
He also shared a ‘news’ that had him quite disturbed : ” I am hearing from my father in law who also runs an industry here that my name is being bandied as someone who is ‘on the take’ for getting work done. This was shocking to me. I am not in politics to make money…by God’s grace we have plenty. So please do not give credence to such rumors..in fact, tell me about it if you hear such a complain” Sameer requested.
Sameer also said that since becoming MLA he has brought projects worth 330 crores to his constituency but much more was needed… he appealed to industrialists to also aid in development work through Corporate Social Responsibility budgets.
“Do not give any money; give equipment needed or undertake some small project independently” he appealed.
Speaking at the outset, Captain Randhir, spoke with anguish about problems that still beset them.
Among the major issues is Drinking water from Ambazari that is polluted with sewage of Wadi and adjoining villages. Two STP’s are urgently needed to clean waste water before it flows into Ambazari, he said.
“In summers, when the lake water dries considerably, the water we get in our taps is so foul smelling, people would not wash their hands with it! This is the water our workers are forced to drink” he lamented.
Another major issue is that no garbage clearance has ever happened since the MIDC came about over 50 years ago! Mountains of piled up garbage of all the decades can be seen on unused plots.
MIA has suggested that garbage collection and disposal be handled by the respective Zilla Parishads who collect taxes from MIDC Hinga industries.
There are other issues like plots reserved for Suvarna Laghu Udyog which have remained unclaimed which are needed by adjoining industries. Their applications for same have remained pending for 20 years now while there are no claimants from ‘project affected’ people. SME facilitation Council is also not working for over an year.
A memorandum of these problems was handed over to Sameer Meghe who has promised to involve Maharashtra Industries Minister Desai to solve them.
Addressing the gathering, P.M. Parlewar, Director of M.S.M.E. who was guest of Honour commended MIA as being a very vibrant and active Industries Association, on par with any such organization at a national level.
” I have been posted all across India, but have rarely seen an Association so concerned about its members and doing such good work” he remarked.
He spoke about SMSEs being very vital to country’s development and the work his institute does for their progress.
Parlewar also rued the fact that many funds at his disposal remain unused since Industries do not avail benefit of schemes.
” Many are not aware of them…or in some cases, Banks do not co operate in releasing funds” said Parlewar.
He disclosed that P.M. Modi recently held a high level meet with all concerned Ministers like Industries, Commerce etc. where encouraging entrepreneurs was emphasized.
“Make in India” is not a joke – this government is serious about converting it into reality. Parlewar said. He mentioned many ‘Lean cluster’ plans floated by MSME which are looking for takers.
The forum of the meet was used by Naresh Chafekar of NGO Vigan Bharati who in association with VNIT is hosting the 1st All India IIEFA 2016 Conference where Research Organizations like DRDO and industries will be brought on one platform to solve industrial problems.
The conference is to be held from 5 – 7 February at VNIT.