Brewery curtain raiser for industrialization: CM

* Friendly industrial policy in offing

GoAP’s Single window

clearance soon: Taga

When asked if the GoAP would adopt single window clearance to issue all documents, including industrial license, first introduced in the state by Lohit DC P S Lokhande in 2007, Taga nodded in affirmation. Suggestions of industrialists would be incorporated in reviewed industrial policy to accelerate industrialization, he assured while lauding this editor for recollecting the innovative initiative, need of the hour for the state.

Confirming ongoing policy review process, industry secretary Marnya Ete informed that single window clearance proposal revived by him would be a reality soon.


By Pradeep Kumar

LEKHI | Mar 30 | Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Industries Minister Tamiyo Taga and Speaker T N Norbu switched on Nefa Breweries Pvt Ltd (NBPL) here today, adding a new chapter to state’s industrial canvas.

Khandu, in his inaugural address, said after three and two bear industries in Sikkim and Assam respectively, this would perhaps be 6th in NE and serve as a curtain raiser to toe his Govt policy to promote industry and generate employment. A group of secretaries has been engaged to find easy way to speed up industrialization, he said.

Direct and indirect employment to 10,000 local people, particularly farmers as projected by the NBPL, is highly encouraging as all four bear ingredients could be grown in state’s higher riches, like Tawang, Bomdila & Mechuka that would enrich local economy, he said with conviction.

Terming it a red letter day with the industry set up at a suitable location, Taga disclosed that the GoAP industrial policy is being reframed as industrial-friendly with incentives provisions including compensation to woo outside investors. The outside investors would be treated as givers not takers as the state could grow with industries and solve unemployment problem, he said and urged the locals to create a conducive atmosphere by changing their attitude.

Informing that GoI in principle has approved GoAP’s proposal to develop industrial corridor along state’s foothills from Bhairabkund to Ruksin in East Siang district, Taga said the GoAP has to make DIPRs and acquire lands to translate it into a reality.

Describing these revenue earning factories as state assets, Tax & Excise Parliamentary Secretary Tapuk Taku said that the GoAP would promote more industries soon.

Interestingly, local entrepreneur Nabam Lilly came forward with six hectares land, justifying the century-old truth: civilization came and disappeared for jaru aur jamin (land & women). No industry could be set up without land, said CMD Sanjay Dewan to appreciate her.

Dewan earlier said that this being state’s first bear industry would not only employ over 180 to 200 people, 80% indigenous, but its ingredients barley, rice, malt, east and hops would promote state’s agri-horticulture sector.

This non-polluting brewery with its wastes reusable has been set up with best machineries procured from Germany, Holland etc taking India’s total factories to 92. Partnered with famous Carlsberg India Pvt Ltd (CIPL) founded in 1876 and 3rd in the world, the NBPL eyes future markets in  NE states and Bhutan, he said.

State’s futures depends on industries which alone could enrich its coffer and passing of GST bills removed the hindrance, he said, and added that the industry would be beneficial for 10,000 as farmers produces will be procured on priority. He urged the CM to adopt single window policy to issue license saying GoAP and banks’ initiatives could turn Arunachal an important industrial hub. The SBI & Allahabad Bank have given 80% and 20% loans respectively for NBIL, he said.

His announcement  to set up a charitable dispensary at Nirjuli to offer free medical service and Rs 2 lakh donation to CM’s relief  fund, evoked louder applause.

CIPL brand is number one brand in India, its deputy MD Pawan Jagetia said. However, when asked what drew the company to this state, he said: “Arunachal is NE’s 2nd largest bear market after Assam whose consumers are capable of differentiating the quality. Tuborg, Carlsberg’s international brand, is numero uno in India and popular in Arunachal too that prompted us to set up an industry to boost state’s economy while meeting the growing demands and giving a new thrust to agri-horti sectors to  generate direct & indirect employment for the locals”. The NBPL will initially make three brands including Tuborg and Hi- Man 9000 but the alcohol percentage will be within5% only, he added.

The guests earlier accompanied with UD Minister Nabam Rebia, former CM Nabam Tuki, top ranking officers including industry director Taru Talo, bankers including SBI regional branch  manager S Bairagi and Naharlagun branch AGM Robin Pathak, among a host of dignitaries,  with keenness inspected the industry, when Dewan and his partner Niraj Sharma briefed them the tech-driven production & packaging process.

Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industry  (ACCI) president Techi Lala & chief adviser Pradeep Kumar termed the industry sone pe suhaga in this poor industrialized state while Kumar listed it as 4th one after M/s MTM Wines & Pvt Ltd, Bhalukpong & M/s United Brother Distillers Pvt Ltd, Pap Hills, both set up in 2013  and M/s Frontier Distillery Pvt Ltd, Tippi set up in 2014, all for making Indian made foreign liquors.

However, ACCI GS Tarh Nachug, on duty in New Delhi, described the NBPL as a classic example of GoAP prioritized policy – 3Es (education, electricity and employment), the fundamentals for developing any industry.

Many of the employees and most volunteers were locals, true to what Dewan said earlier.

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