Odisha Channel Bureau
Bhubaneswar: The new logo of ‘Invest Odisha’ was launched by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during the inaugural function of CII Enterprise Odisha 2015 here on Friday in an effort to position the State as a top investment destination.
This new identity is the latest event signifying the focused effort of the State government in attracting investments across different sectors with significant potential. This event follows up on the successful launch of a new Industrial Policy and a GIS based land bank system “GO iPlus”, a revamped website and a one of its kind mobile application for investment promotion which were all launched on September 3, 2015.
“I am also very pleased to announce the launch of the new ‘Invest Odisha’ logo today. This new logo and identity is more than just a new look.It signifies and embodies the change that Odisha is undergoing to become the investment destination of choice in India and the diverse investment opportunities that the State has to offer across different sectors. The new identity is also a testament of the enduring brand of Odisha to attract and support industrial development and the prosperity of its people,” Patnaik said after launching the new brand identity.
The logo was launched subsequent to the “Vision 2019” of the State for industrial development which aims to achieve 60 per cent increase in manufacturing growth with year-on-year growth of 15 per cent and 25 per cent increase in the employment through manufacturing.The launch also featured new Vision and Mission statements for industrial development in the State focusing on all round socio-economic development.
The event showcased the various facets of industrial development in Odisha and was met with great response from the investor community.ABC, XYZ etc.were present with exhibits showcasing their experience of investing in the State.The message was clear – Odisha is the destination for new manufacturing investments.It is evident that the State is looking at providing new opportunities in other sectors beyond the already well-recognized mineral and natural resources sector.
The State is focusing on setting up industrial infrastructure facilities in the form of sector specific clusters in chemicals, plastics and petrochemicals, downstream and ancillary, agro and sea food processing, electronics manufacturing and textiles sectors. Also enlisting other initiatives undertaken by the State, Industries Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said, “We have crashed the timelines for various clearances/approvals related to setting up and operations of industries.For green category industries, the approvals are being provided within 15 days and for other industries, the approvals are being provided within 30 days.
In fact, recently, we have provided approvals within three days to an investment proposal .42 services related to industries have been included under the Right of Public Services Act.The Odisha Industries Facilitation Rules have been amended and the single window clearance process has been further streamlined for quick approvals.We are setting up a land bank of 1,00,000 acres for industrial development in the State.
This will significantly help both large and small industries in obtaining the land for development without any hassles, Mishra added.Secretary Industries Department Sanjeev Chopra discussed a number of technology interventions which have been taken up by the government in the recent past.He mentioned about the development of e-BIZ portal which will enable online services for industrial approvals.Chopra also explained a unique initiative for Centralized Inspections of industries in the State stating, “In one of the first of its kind initiatives in the country, we are setting up a centralized inspection framework based on a computerized platform where in synchronized inspections shall be conducted by various Departments on a single day based on random allocation of inspectors and selection of units.“The inspections shall be conducted based on a well-defined inspection procedure and a checklist.We expect that the system will be able to address the common complaints about ambiguity, duplication and overlapping mandates between inspection authorities.”
It is to be noted that the State achieved a commendable rank of ‘7’ in the recently published rankings on implementation of business reforms by the World Bank and Government of India, ahead of a number of other industrially progressive States.