Assam’s Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary laid the foundation stone of kraft paper mill and polypipes unit at Kamalpur, Baihata Chariali.
According to the state government envisaged to be the largest kraft paper factory in North East, its manufacturing capacity will be of 250 tons per day with pulping capacity of 320 tons per day. It will also manufacture four forms of polypipes – gas pipes, water pipes, PLB Duct Pipes and PPR Pipes.
Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Minister Patowary said, ‘Government of India’s gas grid project from Barauni to Guwahati and crude oil pipeline from Paradip to Numaligarh has made ancillary pipeline units as a viable option to flourish and sustain.’
He referred to the global investors’ summit, Advantage Assam which helped rope in investment worth Rs. 65,000 crores and generating 4 lakh direct employment and 12 lakh indirect employment. In the coming days, the gas pipeline would change the industrial scenario of the state. He hoped that this industrial unit would too help in generating local employment thereby developing the rural economy without impacting the surrounding agriculture.
Emphasizing that 21st century will move only on start-ups, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and Internet of Everything, Minister Patowary said, ‘Schooling doesn’t ensure employment, skilling does.’ ‘In a matter of two years, Assam Skill Development Mission has been able to secure the 4th rank in the country and Assam Startup, as one of the successful incubation centres of India’, added Patowary.
Patowary said, ‘The International Agar Centre at Golaghat will serve as a rightful platform for the agarwood planters, producers and entrepreneurs, augmenting the growth and prosperity of agar industry in Assam. On the other hand, farmers who harvest bamboo will be benefited from the production of the incense’s bamboo sticks.’
Patowary participated in the Startup India International Summit named ‘Prarambh’ which was held in a virtual mode on 15th and 16th January 2021.
The plenary session of the Startup India International Summit was addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. He congratulated all the successful startup incubators of India for promoting entrepreneurship and taking the lead in introduction of cutting edge technologies which is greatly contributing to the ‘Make in India’ programme and has established India on the international platform as a leading nation in innovation and developer of globally acclaimed technologies.
The Summit was organized by Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) and Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Government of India in a virtual format. Participants from the BIMSTEC nations of Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and India have participated in the Summit.
Patowary said, ‘It is indeed a proud moment for us that the two years old Assam Startup – the Nest has been showcased at the international platform as one of the successful incubators in India along with the successful incubators of other Indian states and select incubators of Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.’
The Minister added, ‘Assam Startup has been making a lot of efforts in terms of creating a culture of entrepreneurship and initiating a startup movement in Assam with a vision to transform the state into one of the leading startup hubs of the country.’
The Summit brought together top policy makers, industry, academia, investors, and startups across the seven participating countries and celebrated five years of the launch of the Startup India initiative.
The summit also witnessed participation of renowned stakeholders from startup communities of BIMSTEC member states, who engaged in multilateral discussions and showcased the best of their innovations.