DIRECTORATE OF INDUSTRIES
The work of the Directorate of Industries of the Maharashtra
State in Amravati district is mainly confined to the development and progress of large-scale, small-scale and cottage industries. The Department of Industries was reorganised and the Directorate of Industries was formed in August 1960. Control of cottage industries was transferred to the Directorate of Industries with effect from 1st December 1960.
The Industries Commissioner and the Director of Industries
who is a Senior I.A.S. Officer, is the head of the Directorate. He is also the Central Stores Purchasing Officer, Controller of Weights and Measures, State Coal Controller and State Textile Controller. The Deputy Director of Industries, Nagpur Region (Class I, State Industries Service), is under the control of the Industries Commissioner and the Director of Industries. His jurisdiction extends over Amravati, Akola, Buldhana, Nagpur, Bhandara, Chanda, Wardha and Yeotmal districts. He is assisted in his work by five Industries Officers stationed one each at Amravati, Akola, Nagpur, Chanda and Wardha. All the Collectors are ex officio Deputy Commissioners of Industries. There are two Junior Industries Inspectors and one Senior Industries Inspector along with three Manual Assistants, posted at Achalpur, Chandur and Amravati.
The main functions of the Directorate of Industries are to
foster the growth of industries and bring about their all-round development.
The functions of the directorate pertaining to (1) Large-scale,
(2) Small-scale and (3) cottage industries are as under:
Large-scale Industries: -
(i) to process applications for industrial licences under the Industries (Development and Regulation) Act, 1951, as amended, and to make suitable recommendations to Government of India,
(ii) to advise parties on formalities to be completed for setting up a factory and technical matters,
(iii) to assist parties in securing land, water, power, transport facilities, etc.,
(iv) to offer laboratory facilities for analysis of raw materials, finished products, etc. and
(v) to promote industrial research by providing research
Small-scale Industries: -
(i) to assist parties in securing land, water, power, transport facilities, etc.,
(ii) to develop suitable sites as in the industrial estates, so as to offer to the small entrepreneurs ready-built worksheds with power and water arrangements and with facilities like post office, canteen, etc., on co-operative basis in suitable cases,
(iii) to grant financial assistance by way of loans under the Maharashtra State Aid to Industries Act, 1960 and the Maharashtra State Aid to Industries Rules, 1961 and subsidy on power supply and to sponsor grant of such assistance by institutions like State Bank of India, the Bombay State Financial Corporation and the National Small Industries Corporation for hire purchase of machinery,
(iv) to assist parties in securing raw materials imported and controlled and indigenous controlled materials,
(v) to assist parties in marketing products by registration with the Central Stores Purchase Organisation, Director General of Supplies and Disposals, National Small Industries Corporation and by persuading them to join the Quality Marking Scheme,
(vi) to collect quarterly statistics of production and labour and
(vii) to advise parties on formalities and technical matters.
Cottage Industries: -
(i) to grant financial assistance exceeding Rs. 3,000 up to Rs. 5,000 under the Maharashtra State Aid to Industries Act, 1960 and Maharashtra State Aid to Industries Rules, 1961, to artisans and to undertake formation of industrial co-operatives, and
(ii) to encourage the industries by marginal preferences in State Purchase Programme.
Besides the duties in regard to the development of industries, the Directorate is entrusted with many miscellaneous duties such as-
(i) central purchase of stores required by Government departments and institutions,
(ii) enforcement of the Bombay Weights and Measures (Enforcement) Act, 1958,
(iii) to grant financial assistance up to Rs. 3,000 under the
Maharashtra State Aid to Industries Act, 1960 and Maha-
rashtra State Aid to Industries Rules, 1961 and under bona-
fide craftsmen and backward class artisans and educated
unemployed schemes and
(iv) to organise training-cum-production centres. Of these the last two have been transferred to Zilla Parishad with effect from May 1964.
The following departmental training centres were conducted by the Directorate of Industries in Amravati district prior to their transfer to Zilla Parishad from May 1962: -
(1) Government Cotton Weaving Training Centre, Ner-Pinglai (Departmental Training Centre), Morshi Block.
(2) Government Tailoring Training School, Ner-Pinglai, Morshi Block.
(3) Government Doll and Toys Centre, Amravati, Amravati Block.
(4) Government Tailoring Centre, Dharni, Dharni Block.
(5) Government Leather Goods Training-cum-Production
Centre, Daryapur, Daryapur Block.
(6) Government Training-cum-Production Centre (Chrome Tannery, Amravati), Amravati Block.
(7) Government Facility Centre in Dyeing and Printing at Gadegaon, Warud Block.
(8) Government Rope making Centre, Sadrabadi (Cottage Industries Scheme), Dharni Block.
(9) Government Carpentry and Smithy Centre, Sadrabadi (Cottage Industries Scheme), Dharni Block.
(10) Government Rope making Centre, Chikhaldara (Cottage Industries Scheme), Chikhaldara Block.
(11) Implant Training Scheme, Amravati, Amravati Block.
These centres admitted students who had studied up to IVth standard and who were between the ages of 14 and 25. Fifteen such students were admitted to these training centres. The survey scheme devised by the Small Industries Service Institute, Bombay, was carried in special survey in October/ November 1961 only to study the development of S. S. and C. I. in the district.
An industrial estate has been established on Government accounts at Amravati. Of the 25 sheds that have been allotted eight factory sheds have been completed. Five factories are functioning in the estate giving employment to 37 workers.
The Directorate paid loans to parties from Amravati district to the tune of Rs. 1,00,000.
Under the Industries (Development and Regulation) Act, 1951, as amended, three licences have been granted for establishment of
new industrial undertakings, substantial expansion of existing
ones and for manufacture of new articles. These industries and
their locations are as under: -
Vegetable oil by solvent extraction plant
Nitro-Glycerine gelatinised dynamites and blasting Amravati. supplies.
A pilot project was sanctioned in the year 1956. It, however, started functioning by the end of 1957. The pilot project was to operate till the end of February 1963.