According to Assam Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, the state has immense potential in the plastic industry. And the government plans to launch a massive campaign to tap the opportunities present. Speaking at a seminar on plastic industries organised by Federation of Industry and Commerce (FINER), the minister said ‘Plastic has become omnipresent in our daily life. In this regard Assam has immense potential for plastic industry and a massive campaign is necessary to tap the opportunities in the state.’
The seminar was attended by the representatives of Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL), Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology (CIPET) here, IIT-Guwahati, Union Ministry of Chemicals & Petrochemicals.
With the centre’s vision of Hydrocarbon -2030, the environment is apt for investment. And the minister has called upon entrepreneurs to invest in plastic industry in Assam. Patowary also pointed out that the government has recently passed the Ease of Doing Business Bill 2016. The bill which is a single window clearance system and will soon launch the portal that will fast-track the business projects in the state.
It seems the Assam Government has come out all guns blazing in making the state the next plastic hub of the country. The Government has plans for a new department on skill development and this would help in creating a pool of skilled manpower which would benefit the plastic sector.
‘Soon plastic industries would be incorporated with the MSME Act and accordingly all the incentives under the act can be availed by the sector’, he added.
With the Assam Gas Cracker Project, also known as the Brahmaputra Crackers and Polymers (BCPL), the Assam government has put its focus on promoting and attracting plastic-based downstream industries. For the state, coming up of downstream industries in large numbers as a result of the Gas Cracker Project would not only bring in large amount of investments, but would generate huge employment opportunities.