545 non-State subjects owned industrial units in JK

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545 non-State subjects owned industrial units in JK
KG News Desk
Srinagar, June 20: As many as 545 industrial units have been set up by non-State subjects in Jammu and Kashmir, where a number of incentives were available for entrepreneurs.
However, the new industrial policy under which land can be provided to outsiders on lease for establishing industries in the Jammu and Kashmir is strongly opposed by Hurriyat who state that it was to change the demography of the Muslim majority State.
Replying to a question by Ajatshatru Singh in the Legislative Council here today Minister for Industries and Commerce Chander Parkash said that 545 industrial units have been established in the State by outsiders. Out of these 47 are in Kashmir division and 498 in Jammu division, he informed the House.
However, he said there are 31,842 industrial units which have been set up by State subjects in the state. Out of these 19,960 units are in Kashmir while 11,882 in Jammu. He said there are various incentives provided by the Central and State Governments to promote local entrepreneurs.
The reply said under State Industrial Policy, 2016 announced by the Government on March 15 when there was Governor’s rule a number of incentives could have been availed. These included 30 per cent Capital Investment Subsidy, 100 subsidy on Diesel Generator Set, 100 per cent subsidy on Testing Lab Equipments, 60 per cent subsidy on Pollution Control Devices (PCD), 3 to 5 per cent Interest Subsidy on Working capital, 50 per cent Subsidy on expenditure incurred on Green and Environment Protection initiatives
Comprehensive land use policy on anvil: Govt
Government today said that it will soon constitute a State Revenue and Land Use Board for bringing a comprehensive land use policy in the State.
Minister for Revenue, Relief & Rehabilitation, Syed Basharat Bukhari, while replying to a question of Member Ali Mohammad Dar in Legislative Council, said there are laws for preventing conversion of agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes and the Government is contemplating amendments in implementation as well as accountability in the system.
He said in case of constructions on Gair mumkin khad lands, which is more prevalent in Jammu Division, a committee under the chairmanship of Divisional Commissioner Jammu has been constituted to submit a detailed report in the matter.
The Minister said conversion of Aabi Awal land for non-agricultural purposes is illegal and constructions on such land is  permitted only by the competent authority in terms of Section 133-A of Land Revenue Act.