Parkash inspects Industrial Estate Zainakote, HMT

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SRINAGAR: Minister for Industries and Commerce, Mr. Chander Parkash Ganga today visited Industrial Estate (IE) Zainakote and took stock of facilities available there besides the problems faced by the workers in the units. He also inspected Eaton Laboratory, Marble and Granite factories as well.

Interacting with the members of the management of the IE, the Minister said that the Government is committed to upgrade the basic infrastructure of the industrial units of the State and creating employment avenues for unemployed educated youth. He asked the workers to work with utmost dedication and make their respective industrial units profitable and quality based units. 

Managing Director SICOP, Mr. R. L Tickoo briefed the Minister about the activities and working of the Industrial Estate. He informed that the Industrial Estate is spread over 525.25 kanals of land. It was also given out that the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) of Rs. 15 crore for two infrastructure development projects and for raw material storage of plastic granules and Pashmina at RMD Zainakote have been   prepared by the SICOP and submitted to the concerned quarters for early sanctioning.

The J&K Small Scale Industries Association put forth their demands and grievances before the Minister and he assured them their genuine demands will be looked into.  

Earlier, the Minister visited Hindustan Machine Tools (HMT), Chinar Watches Limited, Zainakote Industrial Area and inquired about the causes of defunct factory. He also inspected various sections of the units including Press Shop.

The Management of the Unit briefed about the problems faced by the employees working in the Industry. It was given out that there are 32 employees working in the factory which include 8 employees in Jammu. He was informed that the factory was established in 1971 and inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India in 1975. He was further informed that HMT Chinar Watch Limited was one of the leading industries in the State of Jammu and Kashmir at that time but due to downmarket, the factory has been closed.

The Union of the factory also put their demands before the Minister. The Minister gave them a patient hearing and assured them that he will take up their genuine issues with the concerned for early redressal.

Special Secretary Industries and Commerce and other officers of SICOP accompanied the Minister during his visit.

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