The general manager post in the District Industries Centre (DIC) in Trichy, a state-government body responsible for promulgating industrial growth, has been remaining vacant for almost a year now pouring cold water on the industrial development and prospects of breeding entrepreneurship in the district.
At the recently concluded Global Investors Meet (GIM) 2019, Trichy district, which is considered as the fabrication and energy equipment manufacturing capital of the country, has attracted an investment of Rs 1,104 crore in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises sectors. However, to capitalise on such investments, Trichy required infrastructure facilities such as Sidco’s trade centre, Sipcot’s industrial park, and expansion of Elcot IT Park, which have been pending for the last few years. The DIC under the Commissionerate of Industries and Commerce is responsible for coordinating with other departments to complete the pending projects.
But, the key post of the general manager, who is the district-level chief to ensure industrial development, has been remaining vacant. While the districts with a relatively low number of industries have a dedicated general manager, Trichy’s DIC lacks a full-time general manager and is additionally monitored by the GM of Pudukkottai DIC. As the district-level awareness and review meetings by DICs were conducted on the same day across the state, the absence of a full-time officer for Trichy’s DIC is considered a handicap by the industry experts.
“As the central government executes its schemes, including the defence industrial corridor project, through the state government, the guidance of DIC is crucial to reap the real benefits,” S Ashok Sundaresan, a Trichy-based entrepreneur said. The absence of a general manager and subsequent lapses in coordinating with stakeholders also fails to facilitate required clearances for establishing new industries. Despite the favourable conditions and more work orders for ancillary units expected from public sector units such as Bhel and Ordnance Factory Trichy (OFT), trade bodies here said that the dormant DIC hampers the growth rate of Trichy.
“We are hopeful to fill the vacancy in a month. Trichy is indeed attracting a lot of investments particularly in the fabrication sector,” an official source at the Commissionerate of Industries and Commerce told.
(source : TOI)