To facilitate growth of Mohali as one of North India’s fastest growing industrial and IT towns, Confederation of Indian Industry Northern Region set up its Mohali Zonal Council on Tuesday. The Council will provide a platform to the industry members from Mohali to engage and interact with the various stakeholders belonging to the government, industry, academia, media and society.
R S Nibber, the Chairman, Pritika Group of Industries, will head the Council as Chairman and K S Sethi, Executive Director, Gilard Electronics Private Limited, will be the Vice-Chairman of the CII Mohali Zonal Council, for the year 2016 – 17.
Anirudh Tewari, Principal Secretary, Punjab Industries and Commerce and New and Renewable Energy, said, “CII and government of Punjab will work together to address the issues of reliable and quality of power, water, land and issue of delay in export of perishable goods due to limited number of quarantine inspectors in Punjab. I will take it up with the Ministry concerned at the Centre as well as at the departments at the state.”
Tewari said joint efforts of the government and the industry body like CII would help fulfil the government’s vision of developing Mohali as an IT City, Medicity and Aerocity by providing the best education, infrastructure, healthcare and quality of life. He emphasised that skilling and investing in local youths and employment was the answer to all ills facing Punjab. He said by setting up Mohali Zonal Council, CII had reached to the grassroot level, which will go a long way to strengthen the industry in Punjab.
Viren Popli, Chairman, CII Regional Committee on CSR and Gender Equality, Northern Region, and Chief Operating Officer, Mahindra & Mahindra, (Swaraj Division), said, “success of MSME sector is critical to the success of big industry as we also source Rs 2000 crore worth of material from local markets in Punjab. The government needs to support industrial growth through deemed approval, single window clearances etc. as strengthening suppliers will help industry by making them competitive.”
Newly-appointed Chairman of Mohali Zonal Council, R S Nibber said, “the landscape of Mohali has been changing and today we see Mohali has been towering over its neighbours both Chandigarh and Panchkula in terms of industrial growth. With world-renowned educational institutions in Mohali, the region will soon see a lot of Public-Private-Partnerships flourishing in the areas of skill development, start-ups, digitization etc. This will also be in line with the center’s vision of inclusive development of the nation.”