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The (CII) wants to see bamboo used in more industries and has written to the minister (Ld)

The (CII) wants to see bamboo used in more industries and has written to the minister (Ld)

The (CII) wants to see bamboo used in more industries and has written to the minister (Ld). The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has proposed increased usage of value-added bamboo products in public buildings. And other public spaces and has requested various measures. Including property tax exemption, to address the economic crisis caused by Covid.

The CII has written to Assam Finance Minister Ajanta Neog requesting that the hotel sector be exempt from Property Tax and Fixed Electricity Charges. According to the leading industry organization, the hospitality sector is one of the hardest tenders in the current epidemic scenario.

Abhijit Barooah, Chairman of the CII North East Council, requested in a letter to Assam’s minister. That a piece of land in hand by the government-run Hindustan Paper Corporation Ltd (HPCL) be converts into a bamboo park.

Cachar Paper Mill (CPM) in Panchgram, Hailakandi district, ceased operations on October 20, 2015, while the Nagaon Paper Mill (NPM) in Jagiroad, Morigaon, has been closed since March 13, 2017. Over 2,500 workers have been without pay for more than four years.

According to the CII, this is because a bamboo ecosystem has already been established in the Jagiroad and Panchgram regions for the long-serving HPCL’s two paper mills, where bamboo was the primary raw material.

“According to the government, in order to stimulate the bamboo sector, bamboo tiles for the flooring of public buildings may be contrive obligatory in order to promote the use of bamboo. Bamboo tiles are very durable and provide an attractive, ethnic appearance. Similarly, the state PWD should utilize bamboo blinds and other bamboo-based goods “The CII made a recommendation to the minister.

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India is home to 145 of the 1,250 bamboo species known worldwide. Bamboo forests cover about 10.03 million hectares in India, accounting for nearly 12% of the country’s total forest area.

Northeast India accounts for about 28% of these bamboo forests. In the hilly northeastern area, bamboo is often glancing to as “green gold.”

Demanding the development of industrial infrastructure in the state. Barooah said that sports can play a significant part in re-engaging a huge number of youngsters who have fallen victim to illicit activities and addictions.

The CII recommends that the government build mini-stadiums in rural and urban locations. Some of which are to be contrive via public-private partnerships and turns into centers of excellence for a certain sport.

The CII said that although oil royalties have historically been a significant source of income for Assam. It believes that this sector would attract significant investment – both public and private – provided the state assists with land acquisition and clearances.

To ensure proper implementation of the various schemes launched by the Central Government to address the Covid-affected economy. Particularly the medium, small, and micro industries. The CII recommended that the state government convene periodic review meetings with bank heads, chaired by the Assam Finance Minister.

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti

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