RIPAs to be developed as rural employment hubs

SHGs, young entrepreneurs, startups and MSMEs to get facility for setting up industries

Bhilai, Oct 13: Mahatma Gandhi Rural Industrial Parks (RIPA), being established in twelve places of the district, will soon emerge as employment hubs. Along with creating employment opportunities for the youth, entrepreneurs will also get a good infrastructure to work. Collector Pushpendra Kumar Meena chaired a meeting of the officers associated with the scheme on Thursday. He said that as per the intentions of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, large scale enterprise activities are to be started in rural industrial parks. For this, it is necessary to select such products, which have good demand at the local level and the supply is not commensurate with the demands. There should be some unique quality in the product to make it different from other products available in the market. Along with the selection of the products, it is also important to pay attention to its packaging and marketing. District Panchayat CEO Ashwini Devangan was also present in the meeting. He informed about the progress of the works done so far in the RIPA projects.

The Collector directed the officials of the Industries Department to discuss this subject with the MSME units working in the district so that they can get land and infrastructure in rural industrial parks. Under employment generation programs, the government provides loans to the youth. The unemployed and youth interested in entrepreneurship are to be identified at Block level and are to be motivated to start their work in RIPA by connecting them with employment generation programs. Women from SHGs, who are working effectively, should also be encouraged for entrepreneurship.

The products according to the specific items produced in the block have also been identified for RIPA. For example, tomatoes are produced in ample quantities in Dhamdha. Therefore, units of products related to ketchup and soup will be set up in the Dhamdha area. Biodegradable dona-pattal-like material is prepared from banana leaves. Materials are also made from its fiber. Units will also be installed for these projects. Projects for the manufacture of gunny bags etc are also proposed. A presentation regarding various products in this regard was also made during the meeting.

There are four parks of RIPA in each block. They have been built on about 3 acres. The Collector has given instructions to complete the infrastructure related work in the next two months.

RIPAs are being established in Anjora, Katro, Dhaba, Chandkhuri in Durg block, Mohandi, Hasda, Purda, Danikodi in Dhamdha and Sankra, Phunda, Kurmigundra, Asoga in Patan. In each block, along with other products, emphasis is also being laid on specific types of products.

Emphasis will be on establishing Stationery and Flex Printing Unit, LED and Solar Light Assembling Unit, Garment Manufacturing Unit, Milk Processing Unit in Durg Block. RO and Mineral Water Plant, Tomato Processing Unit, Banana Cluster, Cement Poles etc have been identified for Dhamdha Block. The work involved in manufacturing of Gulal, Animal Food, Healthy Snacks Manufacturing, Bardana Polythene Bag etc will be established in Patan.

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