Upgrade infrastructure, create CFCs at industrial estates: Advisor Skandan to SICOP

To create ecosystems for manufacture of competitive goods and services, Advisor to Governor K Skandan Wednesday urged J&K SICOP to upgrade its existing infrastructure and establish Common Facility Centres (CFCs) at industrial estates.

According to an official spokesperson, the Advisor stated this while speaking at the 89th Board of Directors (BoD) meet of Small Scale Industries Development Corporation (SICOP) here.

The meeting was attended by Financial Commissioner, Finance Department, Arun Kumar Mehta, Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce Department, Navin K. Choudhary, Managing Director, SICOP, Atul Sharma, directors and representatives from various chambers of the state.

The Advisor said that upgradation of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) is need of the hour to cope with the growing developments of industrial sector, adding the SICOP should come with a support system for clusters at its industrial estates. He said SICOP would be a nodal agency to provide facilities to the small-scale industries so that they will prosper in their businesses.

The meeting was informed that at present SICOP is managing 58 Industrial Estates including 43 Industrial Estates previously managed by DICs and transferred to SICOP in 2017.

It was also said that during the fiscal year 2018-19, 6111 tests were conducted while as during the FY 2019-20 (1st quarter), 970 tests were conducted at its three testing centres in three divisions of the State.

The meeting was further informed that SICOP management has formulated DPR through J&K Industrial and Technical Consultancy Organisation (J&K ITCO) for upgradation and acquiring the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories.