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President of Gurgaon Udyog Association asks state government to stop harassing the entrepreneurs
Gurgaon Udyog Association (GUA) is a Gurgaon based entrepreneurs association, which was formed in 1995 to promote, develop, encourage commerce trade and industry in Gurgaon. It was primarily set up to help industrialists associated with Udyog Vihar. We talked to Praveen Yadav , President of GUA, whose father started the association to help the industrialists.

Question (Q): Gurgaon Udyog Association has been working towards creating a beneficial business environment for industrialists since 1995. Tell us about the journey and your achievements.

Praveen Yadav (PY): Our association GUA has been working selflessly for the benefit of industries and entrepreneurs in Gurgaon region since 1995. Our main aim had always been to work as a bridge between the industries and various administrative departments. We have helped many industrialists members and have safeguarded their interests whenever it was required. Getting work done from various government institutions, protesting Government's wrong policy decisions and pressurizing it to withdraw such decisions that would harm the industries; playing an active role in the infrastructural development of the area; helping the poor and underprivileged, rendering help in natural calamities have been some of association's main contributions.

Q: The development of the city of Gurgaon has been a dream story for many states. The growth has come depending on not only the blue chip multinational companies, but also through various big and small scale manufacturing setups. But in recent days, we do not see much of new companies aspiring to set up businesses in Gurgaon. We see many companies preferring adjoining states like Rajasthan and Gujarat over Gurgaon. Are we losing the competitive edge gradually? If yes, why?

PY: The major reason that is hampering the growth of this region is the Government's inability to provide adequate and necessary help to the industry. The industry has been deprived of basic amenities like water and electricity. All the more, government policies are not friendly with industries. There are many departments that exist to extort money from entrepreneurs, but hardly any department actually helps the industrialist. In this world of competence where other countries are playing a major role in the development of industries, the government policies here are forcing many industries to either shut down or move to other areas.

Q: There is a huge development of real estate projects happening around Manesar and New Gurgaon. These projects only become successful when we have more industries thriving in Manesar. But then, the growth of Manesar has always been an incomplete story. The region never really developed the way it was projected to. What exactly is the problem with Manesar?

PY: Industries in Manesar are no different from Udyog Vihar. They have almost the same problems as that of Udyog Vihar. In absence of any helping hand from the government and it's negative policies, the area there is not developing as it should have. When older developed areas like Udyog Vihar are finding it difficult to sustain what can be said of newly developing areas?!

Q: A stiff competition from Bhiwadi - is it a hindrance of growth of SME sectors in Gurgaon?

PY: Bhiwadi gives a competition to Gurgaon due to its cheap electricity, cheap labour, low rentals and comparatively low land cost. There have been cases where entrepreneurs have shifted works from Gurgaon to Bhiwadi. This surely hinders growth of our area.

Q: Had the Central Government policies been conducive to the growth of small manufacturing setups in Gurgaon? What had always been the pressing issues? What will be your expectations from the Government post election?

PY: We must say that many policies made by Central Government are really good for SMEs but the problem is implementation of such policies. The hurdles in getting implementation and benefits out of such policies are so acute that it prevents many to avail them. We expect our government to be more industry friendly as industry is the backbone of any economy. If the government sincerely focuses on the needs and demands of the industries our entrepreneurs can put to shame many competitors.

Q: How do you see the role of the state government toward the growth of SMEs in Gurgaon?

PY: The state government should give special status to SMEs by giving them some kind of tax benefits; by offering them friendly workable environment with proper electricity; water and other infrastructure; by floating schemes that benefit the small and medium industries and above all by changing its mindset to harass the entrepreneurs.

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