While all political parties participating in upcoming assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh (MP) are working on their respective manifestos, apex industry body ASSOCHAM and Jabalpur Chamber have advocated them to focus on sustainability in farm sector, support to revive sick small-scale industries for creating more jobs. The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and Jabalpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) have jointly drafted a paper on ‘Industry agenda to political parties in MP for inclusion in election manifestos.’ The paper was jointly released by ASSOCHAM secretary general, D.S. Rawat and Himanshu Khare, Sr. Vice President, Jabalpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) on Tuesday.
The paper which has been submitted to all political parties in fray in MP elections has made a strong pitch for promoting research and development (R&D), adoption of modern techniques, investing in post-harvest and marketing tools and made other relevant suggestions that would go a long way in helping growers plan their sowing in a manner that ensures price stability to end farmers’ woes. With almost 70 per cent of the overall population dependent on agriculture and allied activities for their livelihood, it makes it all the more important for the state to intensify growth in this sector by linking crop intensity, water harvesting and community farming related programmes.
Effective implementation of investment projects in the irrigation sector, developing canal facility aimed at reducing cost of production and environment protection, promotion of organic farming, creation of new agro markets along with certification centres and specialised training to farmers under public-private partnership (PPP) mode are key suggestions in this regard. Job creation especially in the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by providing them financial incentives like tax relief, grants and other such measures should be the other core focus area which must be given prominence by political parties in their election manifestos.
“Meeting employment expectations of the youth is imperative and this can be achieved by encouraging private sector investments as government alone cannot foster job creation through its schemes,” said the ASSOCHAM-JCCI joint paper. Promoting ease of doing business through land reforms, reviving traditional handloom, handicrafts and coir industries, technology upgradation, cluster development, translating investment intentions into formal proposals and their subsequent implementation are significant suggestions for growth of industry sector in MP. Besides, ecosystem must be developed for rapidly growing innovation driven by young and tech-savvy entrepreneurs as it would help strengthen the state in information communication technology (ICT) sector.