ACCI urges union minister | Promote MSME sector for India’s GDP growth  

ITANAGAR, July 09: Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) president Tarh Nachung and secretary general Toko Tatung called on Union Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs & Food & Public Distribution and Textiles Minister Piyush Goyal here in presence of Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju here on Monday and submitted a memorandum seeking his intervention for promotion of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) of the state.

The economy of India has transitioned from a mixed planned economy to a mixed middle-income developing social market economy with notable contributions of public sector in strategic sectors. It is the world’s 5th largest economy by nominal GDP and 3rd largest by purchasing power parity (PPP); on a per capita income basis and ranks 136th by GDP (nominal) and 125th by GDP (PPP).

This general scenario took an upward trend by pragmatic policy of present Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Govt as 5.6% GDP in 2017-18 rose to 8.2% in 2018-19 reflecting a new momentum.

Nature trove Arunachal Pradesh could give a new thrust to this momentum, if it vast untapped natural resources are scientifically tapped. This Himalayan state is the largest among eight NE states and 14th in the country, but incapable of tapping its resources for fund paucity and dependence on central Govt for all development initiatives.

Sikkim, smallest state of NE India, is not only the first organic state of NE but also earns huge revenue by exporting orchids to aboard besides huge qualities of eggs and vegetables produced by cooperative societies to meet the demands of NE India and neighbouring Nepal and Bhutan.

This state spread in 83,743 sqkm area in 28 districts has vast – 17 sqkm per individual of its total approximate 13.84 lakh population. But still this state is a consumer state depending mostly on outside supply for all essential commodities. The main factor is lack of large scale industries and lack of growth of MSME due to various challenges.

This state is largest producer of kiwi in India, contributing 56.5% of country’s total kiwi production in 2020, 2nd largest producer of large cardamom in India besides huge qualities of various citrus fruits, orchids and medicinal plants having vast demands in global market

The need of the hour is to encourage establishment of food product processing units under the MSME sector by providing incentives, like subsidy on capital, machine, tools, transport and raw materials to local MSMEs entrepreneurs. More stresses should to be given on development of cold storage, food park other MSME schemes as Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 is applicable across the country and numerous benefits of Union MSME Ministry could also be availed by aspiring entrepreneurs to set up MSMEs in the state. Moreover, being a sensitive border state, establishment of ordinance factory could be explored.

With communication hazard removed by completion of Trans-Arunachal Highway by linking all district headquarters while the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has fast tracked construction of 2000-km Arunachal Frontier Highway (NH-913) or Bomdila-Vijaynagar Highway, connecting Bomdila Airstrip in northwest to Vijaynagar Airstrip along the Sino-India border, the state Govt led by dynamic Chief Minister Pema Khandu in collaboration with Union Commerce and Industry Ministry should evolve policy to turn Arunachal Pradesh, surrounded by Bhutan, Tibet (China) and Myanmar  from a consumer to supplier state.

Pangsu Pass (NH-153), erstwhile Stilwell Road, 12-km away from Nampong in Changlang district from Indo-Myanmar, is known for border trade as large number of traders from Myanmar come on every 15th and 30th of the month to the market to procure essential commodities. The local population of both sides has close proximity with each other in terms of racial, social, cultural, lingual and religion etc which helps and encourages for congenial development of trade and commerce activities in the region.’ It is worth mentioning here that  Chief Minister Pema Khandu, while speaking at a review meeting at Aizawal on 12.06.17 to discuss India-Myanmar border issues on, had stressed the need to encourage trade between India and Myanmar, saying  more border haats be opened for the purpose.

CM Khandu, who, had apprised then Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, charing the session, about an MoU signed in 2012 between India and Myanmar for establishment of border haats along the Indo-Myanmar border to facilitate trade.The MoU had proposed a border haat at Nampong, he said. He had also stressed the need for a comprehensive development plan for Tirap, Changlang and Longding (TCL) districts to increase entrepreneurship and employability so that the people of these districts do not deviate from the mainstream.

The Guwahati-based branch of border trade development is almost defunct for which a full-fledged directorate should be set up in the state, Because state’s first border centre at Nampong was inaugurated on 24-11-07 and through this route Chinese products had reached Guwahati to showcase during a national agriculture exhibition. When Chinese products are reaching every NE home, there is urgent need to activate erstwhile border trade centers at Kenzamane and Bumla (Tawang district), Gelling (Upper Siang district), Mechuka and Monigong (Shi-Yomi district), Lolla Pass (West Siang district) and Monigong (Dumla Pass) and Kibithoo (Anjaw district).

Moreover, the ACCI calls for a in-depth study in border areas to set up such markets for marketing state agriculture and horticulture products. As about 70% people of the state earn their livelihood from agri-hort sector, such a move also boost the socio-economic condition of the local people. The ACCI would extend all possible help in achieving the goal, the memorandum added.

 

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