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Industry welcomes AAP government in Delhi

Arvind Kejriwal

Looking forward to cooperation between the industry and the new Aam Aadmi Party-led government in Delhi
Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: Looking forward to cooperation between the industry and the new Aam Aadmi Party led government in Delhi, India Inc expressed hope it would take steps to revive manufacturing and work towards empowering people in the national capital.

“We look forward to a strong partnership between the state government and industry in the areas of inclusion, social & physical infrastructure development under Public Private Partnership model, skill development and enhancing employability, social security and attracting investments,” CII Director General Chandrajit Banerjee said.

The industry body is confident that the new government would be industry-friendly and strengthen Delhi’s pre-eminent position both economically and socially, he added.

Making a stunning debut in the 70-member Assembly polls, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) riding on a strong “anti-incumbency” wave routed Congress’s 15-year-rule where its leader Kejriwal trounced three-time Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit by a margin of more than 25,000 votes.

“For the industry, there is no better business potential and sense than empowerment of people, especially at the bottom of the pyramid. To that extent, we certainly share and applaud the goals set by AAP,” Assocham President Rana Kapoor said.

Arvind Kejriwal, whose AAP has rewritten the grammar of politics in Delhi and may possibly do so elsewhere, today took oath as Delhi Chief Minister promising a corruption-free government and new style of governance without arrogance of power.

“We expect the AAP government to revive the industrial estates like Okhla, Narela, Anand Parbat, Patparganj so that manufacturing can be revived in the national capital and people given employment,” Chairman of engineering exporters’ body EEPC India Anupam Shah said.

Meanwhile, engineering exporters’ lobby EEPC India expressed hope that the newly installed Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi will work for the revival of defunct industrial estates in the national capital.

It will lead to revival of the manufacturing activities in the region and generation of more employment, Engineering Export Promotion Council, India chairman Anupam Shah said in a statement released in Mumbai.

“We expect the AAP Government to revive the industrial estates like Okhla, Narela, Anand Parbat, Patparganj, so that manufacturing can be revived,” he said.

Most factories in these industrial estates have either closed down, with some premises turning into banquet halls, to the detriment of the manufacturing of export products, Shah said. “The new government, as stated in its manifesto, should infuse life into them.”

The traditional trading hubs such as Sadar Bazaar, Chandni Chowk, Khari Baoli, Karol Bagh and Connaught Place should also receive the government’s attention,” Shah said.

The capital city can become a major hub of export industry if the manufacturing and trading were encouraged, he said.


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