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FICCI suggests steps to empower Delhi's industrial economy; stresses quality of public service delivery
As the new government in Delhi, led by Arvind Kejriwal, settles down to the business of governance, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has suggested a slew of initiatives that could empower the industrial economy of Delhi through the implementation of best practices adopted by other States, particularly the initiatives on single window clearance mechanism, labour reforms, taxation and property registration.

While congratulating Kejriwal for pursuing a people-centric development agenda, FICCI has offered its services to the government to shore up the administrative competencies of the State for enhancing the quality of public service delivery. The focus of this initiative would be on improving services by setting measurable standards, building capacity to achieve the standards and setting up of grievance redress mechanism.

The Chamber has stated that the introduction of GST brooks no delay as its adoption would make the supply chain tax neutral, reduce economic distortions and compliance cost, create a common market across India and thus lead to an equitable distribution of goods and services.

It has expressed its desire to work closely with the Delhi Government in modernizing the fruits and vegetable market infrastructure which would go a long way in combating food inflation. For this, the Delhi Government would need to amend the APMC Act and create and enabling environment for the markets to flourish in an efficient manner. Such an enabling framework would need to allow private players to set up state-of-the-art marketing facilities and enlarge to number of traders/companies to buy and sell vegetable.

Steps to boost industrial development

FICCI has suggested a seven-point package of measures to catalyse industrial investments in Delhi and help the state to maintain its industrial leadership position in the country.

The suggested measures are:

-          A platform should be provided by the State Government to file Common Application Form (CAF) online and the applicant should be able to track the status of the application online.
-          Approvals should be granted in time bound manner. There should be a provision of deemed approval, in case application for approval is kept pending without assigning any reason and approval is not granted in notified period.

-          Focus on carbon credit and green technologies – There should be a special cell in DSIIDC to guide the local entrepreneur to adopt relevant technology to earn carbon credit.
-          Equipment used for acquiring technology for reducing carbon emission should be exempted from VAT
-          Dedicated annualized fund adequate amount could be created for cluster development and Common Facility Centres. This fund could be used as a State share for the Central Government Schemes like cluster development programme, common facility centre etc
-          PPP should be pursued vigorously. There should be a dedicated promotional drive by the State Government to attract private investment in the identified sectors and Industrial Estates and parks. FICCI would be happy to help the State Government in this regard.
-          Tourism is a very important area. Theme parks, boating and other such activities could be undertaken to promote tourism

FICCI has been actively playing the role of a ‘Skill Development Aggregator’ engaging all major stakeholders – the industry, academia, and the skill service providers into skill development activities and helping solve issues pertaining to skill shortages in a mutually inclusive manner.

Skill Development Agenda

Some of the areas where FICCI can work with the Government of Delhi include:

•         Conducting a comprehensive industry survey on identification of jobs on the state.  FICCI is already engaging the government of Andhra Pradesh to conduct a similar exercise and program.

•         Jointly launch employability and skills training program in schools in Delhi on a pilot basis.  The objective will be  to a) start creating an awareness on skill based careers b) to conduct life skills training program which would help the students in school experience real life work environments

•         FICCI through its skills Development Forum would also like to work with the state (Domestic Worker), Level 1 Drivers with English Language training, technicians for Media and Entertainment industry.

•         Capacity Building has also emerged as a key issue in case the skills development targets of India are to be achieved.  FICCI is already working to evolve a capacity building training for vocational training providers and skills companies.

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