Amid clamour over ‘exodus and closure’ of industries in Punjab, the figures of District Industries Centre, Ludhiana clearly show a substantial rise in the number of industries in Ludhiana in the last over five years.
If the figures of the department of industries and commerce are to be believed, the industries in Ludhiana have registered a growth of 17.52% with more than 7,000 new industrial units coming up in the district during the span of 5 years from 2010-11 to 2015-16.
The data is likely to generate heated debate amongst the political parties ahead of assembly elections. The figures are in sharp contrast to the claims of Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), that has been hitting out at the ruling SAD-BJP government for closure and moving out of industries from the state due to “anti-industry” policies of the ruling government.
According to general manager of district industries centre (DIC) Ludhiana, Mahesh Khanna, “During the year 2010-11 the number of industrial units registered in Ludhiana was at 40,249 which shot up to 46,144 as on March 31, 2016. In the year 2015-16 alone as many as 2,062 new units were registered with the department. The number, he claims, could be much higher, as several industries are not even registered with the department.
Khanna maintains adequate land bank for setting up of industry, easy availability of manpower and material makes Ludhiana as the best place for lace for setting up of a new industry. Major industries in the district include those engaged in manufacturing of textiles, garments, cycle and sewing machines in which substantial growth has taken place during recent years.
Khanna adds that close to 5 lakh people are employed by Ludhiana’s industry in rural as well as urban areas of the district.