GUWAHATI: Assam’s Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary requested Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal to take up with Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) for setting up of the proposed Japanese Industrial Township (JIT) soon in Assam.

Assam is eyeing to set Japanese township. Patowary requested the Union Minister for formulating a special and progressive industrial policy similar to North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy (NEIIPP) exclusively for the benefit of the North East states.

He also requested Minister Goyal to take up with JETRO for setting up of the proposed Japanese Industrial Township (JIT) soon for which land is readily available at Nagarbera.

Goyal held an interaction with the industry ministers of all states on ‘One District One Product’ initiative through a webinar today.

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India is propagating the ‘One District One Product’ movement under the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and to realize the true economic potential of rural India. The objective is to identify one product per district based on the potential and strength of a district, develop a cluster for that product in the district and provide market linkages.

Goyal said that India’s domestic market has been hit hard by COVID-19 pandemic. Both states and the Centre should work in total unison to put the economy back on track. ‘All states should work to facilitate investments, allocate industrial land and other approvals in a faster and transparent mode, so that multiple industrial parks come up in the shortest possible time.’

Patowary underlined the initiatives taken by the State Government for the successful implementation of the ‘One District One Product’ initiative. This includes notifying of Export Commissioner, setting up of an ‘Export Cell’ in the Commissionerate of Industries and Commerce and constitution of District Level Export Promotion Committee (DEPC). Significantly, DEPC meetings have already been held in all districts of Assam.

Patowary highlighted that an elaborate plan has been chalked out to promote such product in the districts and to enhance its quality to make it suitable for exports. A detailed exercise was undertaken in Assam and one product for each district was duly identified. The products identified for the districts in the State relate to food processing sector and items like silk, tea, handicrafts, cane and bamboo etc.