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Major announcements: GO SWIFT portal launched, Make in Odisha Conclave 2018 dates announced

OdishaIn a significant step towards facilitating ease of doing business in the state, the government of Odisha made major announcements during the 75th meeting of the State Level Single Window Clearance Authority (SLSWCA) held on 16 November 2017. In a landmark development, the Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik launched a first-of-its-kind single window portal ‘GO SWIFT’ (Government of Odisha Single Window Investor Facilitation and Tracking), aimed at providing support to investors who invest in industrial development and growth in the state.

The portal is a one stop solution for end-to-end solutions for investors during the investment life cycle of a project. The approval process for 32 services from 15 state government departments have been made end-to-end online, including online approvals, e-payments, application tracking and downloading of certificates for all linked G2B services.

The investors dashboard tracks and also provides real time information regarding the status of their applications and all important details concerning each industrial unit being set up in the state.   

With the launch of GO SWIFT, the state government is committed to providing project approvals within 30 days.

The day also marked the launch of 15 industrial projects. The CM performed the ceremony for 15 industrial projects for which the investment intents were received during the first edition of ‘Make in Odisha Conclave’ 2016.

These 15 industrial projects will entail total investment of Rs 11,689.96 crore.

The projects are being developed by Paradeep Phosphates, Emami Cement, JSW Cement, Shree Cement, KTL Logistics & Services, Falcon Marine Exports, and Shanti Solar among others. These projects will create employment opportunities for 8,187 people.

The year 2016 saw a total of 124 project investment intents in investors meet. Of these, the state has already received firm proposals for 75 projects.

Following the success of the first edition of the Odisha conclave, the event saw announcement of a second edition of the biennial event ‘Make in Odisha Conclave 2018’. The next investors meet will be organized between 11November 2018 and 15 November 2018. The state received investment intents of Rs 2,03,270 crore across 10 diversified sectors in the first edition of the conclave.

Apart from this, five projects with proposed investments of Rs 381 crore were approved by SLSWCA. The five proposals will create employment opportunity for 844 people.

These proposals were made by five firms including Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL), Shree Malani Foams,  and JSK Industries. The committee also recommended Vedanta’s proposal for the expansion of its Lanjigarh alumina refinery which will now require a final nod from the High Level Clearance Authority chaired by the Chief Minister.

Since the inception, SLSWCA has facilitated 281 new projects, having approved new investments worth over Rs 4.92 lakh crore.

The state government has also created a long term roadmap ‘Vision 2025’for industrial development with a focus on diversifying the industrial development in the state. The state government has set a target of generating employment opportunities for 30 lakh citizens by 2025 and attracting investments of Rs 2.5 lakh crore in the focus sectors that include ancillary and downstream in the metal sector; electronics manufacturing and IT; agro & seafood processing among others.

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