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GIDC looks to gain lost ground by bringing in transparency, reforms

29 Sep 2018 06:43am IST

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VIKANT SAHAY

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29 Sep 2018 06:43am IST

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VIKANT SAHAY

Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) in the past had faced a lot of flak from the industry. There are several measures which have been taken by the GIDC to show its intent to help entrepreneurs in the State. VIKANT SAHAY spoke to several stakeholders including GIDC’s new chairman, Glenn Souza Ticlo, on steps GIDC has undertaken to transform its image

During the dismal show of Goa as compared to other states in India in the ranking of Ease of Doing Business, many departments were asked by the Manohar Parrikar government to pull up their socks. This year Goa has ascended two steps as against last year’s ranking (from 21st to 19th) on Ease of Doing Business (EoDB). However, significantly Business Reforms Action Plan (BRAP) which was 18 per cent last year has now gone up to 57.34 per cent.

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) had recently released the list of EoDB rankings, which mentioned that Andhra Pradesh followed by Telangana and Haryana are in the top three states respectively. 

In fact, seeing this (not good) performance the Chief Minister himself supervised meetings to ensure that compliance levels and rankings of Goa goes up which will eventually draw more entrepreneurs in the State. 

One such corporation which faced much flak was Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC). However, lately the corporation has been taking several steps to ensure that there is greater transparency and accountability. 

GCCI President, Sandip Bhandare who is also a Member of the GIDC Board felt that as an apex body of the industry GCCI has high expectations from GIDC. “Structural changes were necessary to bring about a turnaround in the State of GIDC. We found that there were lot of issues in terms of transfer and sub-lease of the plots, primarily because of procedural delays and there was huge dissatisfaction among the industrial units. The new transfer and sub-lease guidelines have arrested this and they are very good. The concept of deemed transfer in 21 days is very welcomed as the powers has been assigned to the managing director. In fact, the managing director of GIDC has been saddled with more power,” said Bhandare, President of GCCI and a Board Member of GIDC.

Also, the actual procedural changes were simplified by the formation of committee and the committee cleared major amount of the pending issues and disputes at a fast pace. In terms of digitisation small beginning has been made but it is a front end of the process. 

“We are working with the banks and are trying to ensure that payments and receipts can be done digitally. This would result in transparency and less human interface. However, with digitisation there is a certain cost involved and we are working on it. For example, issue like GIS mapping will bring in transparency in terms of lease, dates, history and geography of the 22 industrial estates in the State. We are at present looking at the finance and ease of doing business in this and build a bank of credibility,” added Bhandare.

Efforts are also being made by GIDC in terms of EoDB by visiting the industrial estates and it is the latest trend to build the ‘bank of credibility’.  

“I am very happy that this bank of credibility is being built under the new leadership of Glenn Ticlo and we will continue to do so. We are also taking steps on cost cutting etc to streamline the corporation,” said Bhandare. 

President of Verna Industrial Association, Damodar Kochkar said, “As soon as possible the GIDC should put everything online and then there will be less human interaction and things can move very fast. Wherever reforms are required like allotment etc can be decided by forming a committee. In fact they are in a process to reform themselves and my only wish is that the staff of the GIDC should support the senior management.”

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