Industrialization will be the key strategy followed for economic growth and development for Telangana, the 29th State of the country. People of the new State have very high expectations from the Telangana State Government for creating jobs for the youth, promote development of backward areas, maximize growth opportunities by optimum utilization of the available resources, harness the talents and skills of the people and usher prosperity in every household. Industrialization holds the potential for fulfilling all the dreams and aspirations of the people of Telangana.
The vision for industrialization of Telangana is "Research to Innovation; Innovation to Industry; Industry to Prosperity". The industrial policy framework will be driven by the slogan "In Telangana—Innovate, Incubate, Incorporate". The policy framework intends to provide a business regulatory environment where doing business would be as easy as shaking hands. Innovation and technology will drive the industries of the State.
The new Telangana State Industrial Policy will strive to provide a framework which will not only stabilize and make existing industries more competitive, but also attract and realize new international and national investments in the industrial sector. The focus will be on core manufacturing sectors, with the creation of employment for urban and rural youth and adding value to existing skills emphasised at all stages. It is expected that the most significant outcome of this approach will be the production of high quality goods at the most competitive price, which establishes "Made in Telangana- Made in India" as a brand with high global recognition.
The cornerstone of the policy would be zero graft and zero tolerance to corruption. The decision-making in all the Telangana State Departments will be transparent and the departmental heads will be held responsible for all acts of omission and commission by departmental staff. An online and help-desk grievance redressal system will be put in place where the entrepreneur will be encouraged to report instances of corruption or any delays in performing timely tasks by the Telangana State Government departments. Timely and strict disciplinary action will be taken against those employees who violate the parameters of the Industrial Policy Framework.
Minimum inspection would encompass a system of no random inspections without cause. Subject to statutory requirements, the departments will develop a system where each industrial unit is inspected only once in 3/4 years and the cycle of inspections is to be fixed in advance. Some random inspections will be planned to keep the industry on its toes, but these inspections will be with the specific written permission of the head of the department. Maximum Facilitation would encompass an effective system beyond the conventional single window as the anchor. Self-certification will be encouraged and automatic renewals will be implemented. There will be web based E-helpline facilities as well as physical helpdesks in Hyderabad and the Districts. Information availability and industry department transactions will be transparent and web-enabled. The Office of the Commissioner of Industries and the Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation will have a Citizens Charter covering all their activities.
The Telangana State Government has conducted detailed studies and consulted experts to identify the competitive advantages the State can have, given its geographical location, available resources and skill-base, raw material availability, existing manufacturing practices, and expertiseopening up new opportunities. Accordingly, the Telangana State Government recognizes the following 14 sectors as thrust areas; investments in which will be accorded a higher priority over others.Each of these thrust areas will have its own sectoral policy and a structure of incentives. High level advisory panels with private sector and academia experts will be constituted for each of the sectors. An interdepartmentaltask force for each sector chaired by Special Chief Secretary/Principal Secretary of theIndustries and Commerce Department will also be in place to achieve the required coordination. Frequent thrust area sector-centric investor meets will be organised to showcase the advantages that the State of Telangana offers for that sector. Thrust area sector-centric industrial parks with well-developed infrastructurerequired for that particular sector will be developed at appropriate locations in the State.
Industrial Corridors: The presence of important national and state highways, coupled with the availability of resources and opportunities, provides a great potential for development of industrial corridors in the state along these roadways. The corridors will be modelled after Special Investment Zones like the DMIC or the PCPIR. While the available government lands will be utilised to spark industrial activities in the corridor, the privately held lands will also be regulated through special zoning regulations so that the desired growth of industries and support facilities can materialize. The Telangana State Government will take up the development of industrial corridors on roadways linking Hyderabad to Warangal on a priority basis. Subsequently, other corridors will also be identified on similar lines and detailed studies will be conducted to prepare the Master Plan for each corridor. Ultimately, each district headquarters of the State will be connected by high speed rail and road network. The intention would be to create at least 2 core sector-specific industrial parks for each sector. This will ensure that the benefits of industrialization will reach every district of the State, which will have 2 or more industrial parks. In addition, district-wise industry potential plans at the MSME level will be prepared, utilizing the natural resources available in each district. These sector specific industrial parks will be located in the influence areas of the industrial corridors.
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