To take stock of the unsettled issues of the industry of Chandigarh, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s MP candidate for Lok Sabha seat in the city, Kirron Kher took part in an interactive session on Tuesday. She was accompanied by the BJP’s State President, Sanjay Tandon at the event which was organized by the PHD Chamber of Commerce. The leaders of other parties presented their views at the session preceding Kirron Kher.While speaking on the occasion, BJP’s State President, Sanjay Tandon said, “This kind of session had taken place around two months ago where the problems related to Chandigarh’s industry were discussed. The issues like MSME Act, penalty for violating the laws and conversion charges were talked about.
The BJP is a business friendly party. The sitting Congress MP, Pawan Kumar Bansal could not address the issues of the industry in the last 15 years”.Adding to it, he said, “Many big companies have vanished from the map of Chandigarh. The mall like Elante has been using the resources from the city but has failed to give any significant output. Despite holding many important portfolios at the union ministry, Pawan Kumar Bansal proved to be a non-performer who could not bring any remarkable project in the city”.Unfolding her dreams for the city beautiful, Kirron Kher talked about establishing film and media city along with bringing the IT industry.
Talking about the ongoing problems of the industry, Kirron Kher said, “The current policies of the administration have killed the industry. Basically, those industrialists who were allotted land 50 years for running a certain business are not allowed to change the nature of industry without shelling out Rs 20,000 per square ft. For violating the laws, one has to pay the penalty of Rs 500 per square ft. The long-pending demand of industrialists for converting industrial sites from leasehold to freehold should be met. The conversion of leasehold industrial plots to freehold on the pattern of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh is feasible”.She also suggested for setting up a single window complaint Centre following the model of Gujrat so that many problems get resolved quickly. She added that those who were against the industry were against the development.