Uttarakhand will be the first state in the country to set up an industrial park for women entrepreneurs. The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Harish Rawat, at a meeting organized by FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) in New Delhi, declared that the state is going to establish ‘Women’s Entrepreneurs Park’ at Sitarganj in Udham Singh Nagar district.
The Chief Minister announced this at a session organised by FICCI on ‘Uttarakhand: The Next Investment Destination for Women’. As per his declaration, the park which will be spread over a land of 200 acres, is expected to attract more women entrepreneurs and help them to initiate start-ups in the State. Women who are inclined to contribute to the development and proliferation of small and medium industrial units in the State will receive government support. Not only this, the government will also ensure that a certain percentage of jobs will be reserved for women in the units located in the industrial park.
Further to a suggestion made by FLO to offer land at concessional rates to women, the Chief Minister has agreed upon to check the possibilities. Apparently, the State Government would set up a single-window umbrella organization for the benefit of units promoted by Self Help Groups and large units.
Expressing Uttarakhand Government’s commitment towards women empowerment, Rawat said: “We want industrialists, particularly women entrepreneurs, to make use of the cordial industrial relations in the State to facilitate investment.”
“To accelerate women’s participation in the process of economic development, the first step is to develop and promote entrepreneurship among women – and for this concerted effort is required from the Industry, government and the society. And the second and the most important step is, for the women themselves to discover their talent and unleash the entrepreneur within. FLO plays a crucial tool in sensitizing and educating the women, empowering them and bringing them to the forefront,” opined Vinita Bimbhet, President, FLO.
Recently, the State had topped the ‘Ease of doing Business’ ranking from being the 23rd only 10 months ago: revealed the Chief Minister.