The Industries Department, under the
overall supervision of Home Secretary, looks after the all-round
industrial and commercial development of the Union Territory;
it provides direct assistance, regulation and coordination
of industry-promoting activities. The Directorate of Industries
is the main agency operating under this department but there
are also several specialised agencies.
Several laws govern the functioning of this department. They
include: the Industrial Development (Regulation) Act, 1956
[For small scale industries registration, the department follows
the instructions of the Union Development Commissioner, Small
Scale Industries], Electrical Wires, Cables, Appliances and
Accessories (Quality Control) Order, 1993, The Cement (Quality
Control) Order. 1995, and the Oils and Greases (Processing,
Supply and Distribution Regulation) Order, 1987.
There are about 2950 Small Scale and 15 Large and Medium
Scale Units in existence in Chandigarh as on date. Growth
of industry for the last few years has been limited in Chandigarh
as it is not an industry led city because of the limited space
envisaged for industrial development at the time of original
planning of the city. However, still keeping in view the fact
that industry would provide crucial resource base in the city,
a limited area of about 1450 acres was planned for development
as industrial area mainly for the development of small scale
and pollution free industries.
Out of a total of about 2950 small scale industries in Chandigarh
about 40% are ancillary units producing components for the
major tractor industry around Chandigarh. Light engineering
industry is heavily represented, other industrial units produce
mainly industrial fasteners, electrical / electronic items,
machine tools, pharmaceuticals, plastic goods, sanitary fittings,
steel / wooden furniture and food products etc. A number of
items manufactured here are finding ready markets abroad.
The total estimated annual output of industries is to be tune
of Rs. 650.00 crore.
Land availability for industries being a constraint, there
is hardly any scope for further expansion of industry, apart
from the existing Industrial Area Phase-I and Phase-II.
The Chandigarh Administration is focusing on promotion of
Information Technology (IT) industry which requires lesser
space and is also non polluting. Accordingly, high speed data
communication facilities for software development and its
export has been arranged by providing a NODE at Punjab Engineering
College (PEC), Chandigarh through the Software Technology
Parks of India - STPI - (an autonomous Society under the Deptt.
of Electronics, Govt. of India) which has set up an earth
station at Mohali for the proposed Software Technology Park
/ Complex being set up by the Punjab Govt. About 10000 sq.ft.
of space has been earmarked in the PEC campus for being rented
out to the desirous entrepreneurs at fixed rates.
Under the Prime Minister's Rojgar Yojana, the Department
is recommending cases, after these are approved by the Task
Force Committee, to the various nationalised Banks. The beneficiaries
are granted loan amounting to Rs. 2.00 lacs for industry and
Rs. 1.00 lac for service and business ventures. 15% subsidy
is paid, subject to a maximum of Rs. 7,500/-.