‘No more tobacco, liquor cos in ind estates’


The state government has proposed that it will not allow any more tobacco and liquor manufacturing units in its industrial zones.
F O Hashmi, director of Industries, when contacted, confirmed that the government has considered putting a ban on the sale of industrial plots to liquor and tobacco manufacturing units in its estates. The details will be spelled out in its new investment policy.
He said there are liquor manufacturing units in some of its industrial estates but the number is not big. The industrial policy-cum-investment policy, which is expected to be released shortly, will focus on information technology and tourism as the economic driver of the state.
Over the last few years, the state government has not seen much flow in investments.
The proposed investment policy will be a roadmap for attracting big investment, and boost the economy that has turned sluggish post the Supreme Court's ban on mining in the state. The government had earlier said that it would like to give a boost to IT, light manufacturing, biotech and food processing industries in the state. [TOI]