Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on Friday assured that the state government is formulating an investor-friendly industrial policy to promote and support the growth of industries in the state.
Inaugurating an apparel and garment unit of Elam Industries, Arunachal’s first and the largest mechanized textile factory at Pasighat, Khandu termed it as ‘Pride of Arunachal’ and a pioneering step in the textile industry sector considering its scale.
“The textile industry will create immense employment opportunities for the artisans and youth of the state,” he said.
Responding to a memorandum submitted by proprietor of Elam industries, Mohanto Pangging – a former fighter pilot in Indian Air Force (IAF) – the chief minister said that NITI Aayog will be soon revisiting the North East Industrial Policy. He assured that the bottlenecks faced by the industry in terms of irregular and insufficient power supply will be addressed. He said the state government is always ready to support the local industries as Arunachal has immense scope for industrialisation.
For sustenance of local industries, Khandu assured to accord public procurement preferences for goods produced in the local factories. He promised to have discussion with the education department for procurement of school uniform produced by the Elam industries and appealed all the owners of the private schools to procure locally-produced school uniforms.
The Elam apparel and garment industry is housed in the apparel and garment making centre/ manufacturing centre created under North East Region Textiles Promotion Scheme (NERTPS) at 2-Mile in Pasighat. The industry is manufacturing all kinds of readymade garments including school uniforms.
Earlier, the chief minister, along with state BJP president Tapir Gao, Lok Sabha MP Ninong Ering, advisor to CM Lombo Tayeng, Nari-Koyu MLA Kento Rina and others, also visited the Elam power loom and handloom industry.