The session, on ‘Opportunities in Sports Goods Sector Manufacturing in Bihar’, was organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Jalandhar.
29 June 2018, Jalandhar
After wooing agriculture implement makers, Bihar is now inviting sports goods manufactures in the state. To attract the manufacturers from Punjab and to project Bihar as an attractive investment destination, S Siddharath, principal secretary of the Department of Industries, Bihar, led a high-powered delegation to Jalandhar on Friday. The session, on ‘Opportunities in Sports Goods Sector Manufacturing in Bihar’, was organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Jalandhar.
Bihar has immense potential for becoming a sports goods manufacturing hub that can effectively cater to the large existing as well as upcoming market in the state and to the markets of Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha and north-east states.
Dr S Siddharth, Principal Secretary, Department of Industries, Govt. of Bihar mentioned that Bihar has several advantages for setting up units there. The State Govt. has a large pool of land available for industrial units across the state. There are adequate infrastructural facilities, skilled labour and market available in the state for successfully establishing a manufacturing unit. Further, State Govt. has taken various reform measures including operationalization of an online Integrated Clearance System for approval and clearances.
Dr Siddharth informed that Dept. of Industries shall promote sport goods clusters in the state. Bihar has immense potential for manufacturing high quality leather sports goods. Leather is a High Priority Sector for investments in Bihar and State Govt. is providing higher incentives to leather goods units than the general industries. These incentives include exemption from land stamp duty and registration fee, exemption from change in land use fee, interest subvention on Term loan, tax incentives, employment generation incentives etc. that the units can avail upon meeting the eligibility conditions. Sh. Siddharth informed that Dept. of Industries has already promoted a leather footwear-manufacturing cluster in Moratalab, Nalanda. A CFC, completely funded by the State Govt. has been established benefiting more than 50000 artisans. Dept. of Industries has also arranged for the training of the artisans associated with the CFC at the FDDI, Patna. On similar lines, cluster for leather sports goods manufacturing can be promoted where State Govt. shall support in establishing the CFC. The state is already establishing a Leather Goods Complex in Muzaffarpur with CFC and various other infrastructural facilities for manufacturing various kinds of leather goods. The facility shall be available to the investors at the plug and play model.
Dr Siddharth further informed to the industrialist that the Chief Minister SC-ST Entrepreneurship Scheme of the State Govt. should play a pivotal role in promoting the sport goods manufacturing. By virtue of this scheme, the bigger units for out-sourcing the production activities can engage a large pool of entrepreneurs from the state. This shall save them from incurring much of the fixed asset cost and shall save labour and other operational cost.
A round-table meet with the prominent industrialists of the sports goods sector was also organised. And, several industrialist from Jalandhar said that they were ready to invest in Bihar. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for the manufactures, but it would be a disastrous for Punjab if the sports industry starts moving out from here,” said Ajay Mahajan, chairman of the Jalandhar Sports Goods Manufactures and Exporters Association. He said that Jalandhar’s sports industry is worth Rs 4,000 crore and around 2 lakh labour employment is generated through it here.