Patna: The Associated Chambers of Commerce
and Industry in India (Assocham) has proposed to partner Bihar
government to develop 14 industrial clusters for an estimated
cost of Rs 450 crore for employment and revenue generation.
Assocham General Secretary D S Rawat said today that the
proposed clusters will provide jobs to 6 lakh people,
directly and indirectly.
Rawat, who was talking to reporters here after releasing
the Assocham`s study report on `Cluster Development for
Inclusive Growth in Bihar`, said the 14 proposed industrial
clusters have a capacity of about 25,000-28,000 units with
each providing jobs to 8-10 people.
He said the state government will also benefit from
the development of the proposed industrial clusters in terms
of both revenue and employment generation.
The 14 proposed industrial clusters will be located at
Patna, Darbhanga, Madhubani, Barauni, Muzaffarpur, Katihar,
Madhepura, Bhagalpur, Munger, Nawada, Supaul, Gaya, Bhojpur
and Hajipur (Vaishali), the Assocham office bearer said.
The study suggests the state government to constitute a
statutory body `Cluster Development Authority` to look after
the industrial activities in Bihar to be set up under
industrial clusters, he said.
In order to give impetus to industrial development of
Bihar, the Assocham Bihar Chamber of Commerce (BCI) and Bihar
Industries Association (BIA) have decided to hold three
`investmart` in Patna in 2011, 2013 and 2015 to facilitate
investment in the industrial sector.