Our nation needs to be self-sufficient to realize the India of Mahatma Gandhiji’s dream, there is no alternative to industrialization: Narayan Rane


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Our nation needs to be self-sufficient to realize the India of Mahatma Gandhiji’s dream, there is no alternative to industrialization: Narayan Rane





Sevagram Industrial Area will be modernized in the next 2.5 years

Sevagram Ashram and Wardha district to get a new identity as a tourist hub




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02 OCT 2022 8:43PM by PIB Mumbai




Union Minister for MSME Narayan Rane asserted that our nation needs to be self-sufficient to realize the India of Mahatma Gandhiji’s dream and there is no alternative to industrialization to achieve this goal. He was addressing the inauguration function of Sevagram Industrial Area Festival organized by Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Rural Industrialization in Wardha, on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary. Union Minister of State for MSME, Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma, Secretary B. B. Swain, Joint Secretary of the Ministry and Development Commissioner Shailesh Kumar Singh also attended the function.






The Union minister said that it was from this Sevagram Ashram of Wardha that Mahatma Gandhi had appealed all to go back to the village, by which he meant the complete development of villages. Sevagram Industrial Zone is created  to generate employment through agriculture and village industry. Rane said, the MSME Ministry has formed a committee to modernize this industrial sector and this sector will be modernized in the next 2.5 years.



He said that it is necessary to convince the world about the importance of khadi and a large industrial sector can be created for the same. He said that there is also a huge opportunity for tourism business in the country. Accordingly, more efforts are needed to give a new identity to Sevagram Ashram and Wardha district as a tourist center and the Union government is committed to this. Stating that many large-scale development works are going on in various places in the country, he said that the citizens should come forward and take advantage of this development.



Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of State for MSME, Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma said that MSME have greatly contributed to the progress of the nation. He said that the MSME Idea fund launched on March 10, 2022 is getting great response and so far 287 ideas and 1196 trademarks have been registered. He informed that a technology center will be set up at Butibori MIDC in Nagpur and local youth will benefit hugely from it.


B.B.Swain, Secretary, MSME informed that the workshop organized today is based on the contribution of village industries in the creation of a self-reliant India. He said that the speakers from various national level organizations will guide this workshop.



Earlier today, Rane visited the Sevagram Ashram in Wardha and paid tributes to the statues of Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi by placing floral wreaths. He also started a cleanliness campaign, visited a Covid – 19 vaccination camp and participated in a tree plantation programme.


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SEEPZ needs a complete makeover; Has $30 billion export potential:Piyush Goyal

Ministry of Commerce & Industry

SEEPZ needs a complete makeover; Has $30 billion export potential:Piyush Goyal


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23 SEP 2021 6:39PM by PIB Mumbai

: Mumbai, September 23, 2021

Union Minister of Commerce & Industry Shri Piyush Goyal today visited SEEPZ (Santacruz Electronics Export Processing Zone) in Mumbai as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Saptah being celebrated by his Ministry.

Stating that the SEEPZ established in 1973, initially to promote electronics manufacturing in India, needs a complete make over, Shri Goyal said “Let’s aim for transformational change and not incremental change. Let’s bring back the vibrancy into SEEPZ like the earlier years”, addressing the exporters and trade partners.

The Minister said, “I am confident that with everyone’s cooperation, SEEPZ can be made modern and world class. We can think of a public private partnership scheme whereby industry units who revamp their properties can be given exemption from rent revision for 10 years.”

Stating this, he urged the exporters based at SEEPZ to collectively decide about making the Common Services Centre operational and revamping the SEEPZ premises and transforming some centres here into swanky new state-of-the-art centre for serving international customers. The Minister also suggested that India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO) could have a 30,000 – 40,000 sq. ft. Exhibition Complex at SEEPZ to facilitate buyer-seller meets.

Citing the example of Surat Diamond Bourse, he urged SEEPZ to take help in terms of facilitation for this work. The Minister also cited the example of Rs 4,000 crore makeover of Pragati Maidan in Delhi. Shri Goyal said the Centre has already announced Rs 200 crore aid for internal expansion and refurbishment of one of India’s oldest Export Processing Zones.

$ 30 billion Export Potential

Shri Goyal further said, “We’re doing partial de-recognition of SEZs, we’ve liberalised a number of rules already, we’ve now allowed everyone to be multi-sectoral including SEEPZ.  We’re also discussing how the SEZs can play a more important role in the Domestic Tariff Area(DTA) through an equilisation levy”.  The Minister said that we should be looking at $30 billion export from SEEPZ.

The Minister also stated that many of the issues raised by exporters, like permission to allow e-commerce seamlessly for artificial jewellery upto 800 dollars, are under consideration by High Powered Committees. Shri Goyal said he is “fighting hard” for the gem and jewellery sector to get 5% duty concession which they are currently charged in UAE, as part of Early Harvest Agreement.  The Minister also stated that more Free Trade Agreements are being finalized with UK, UAE, Australia and EU, to try and provide more market access to exporters.

Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav

All 739 districts of the country are celebrating Vanijya Saptah from 20-26 September 2021, as part of Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav, with more than 250 programmes organized across the country. The Minister complimented all exporters and stakeholders for their support in making international trade simpler, grow faster, seamless and become an engine of growth for our economy in the years to come.

The Minister’s speech at the event can be accessed in the link given below.

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