Odisha govt assures all support to set up pharmaceutical units

BHUBANESWAR: Inviting the pharmaceutical units to set up their industries, the Odisha government held discussions with the executive members of the Pharmaceutical Council of India on Monday.

The council held a discussion with chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi relating to the issues for establishment of pharmaceutical industries in Odisha, strengthening of the pharmaceutical sector, capacity building of pharmacists and inviting National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (NIPER) to establish its campus in the state prominently figured in the discussion.

The members of the council also proposed to run a bridge course for diploma pharmacist serving in government, more particularly in rural areas. The training, they said would result in better performance and service delivery to the people.

Padhi assured them that state government would provide all support to the companies which would set up employment intensive enterprises in the state.

Industry secretary Sanjeeb Chopra briefed them about the facilities and incentives being provided by the government for the establishment of pharmaceutical production units along with research and development activities.

Chopra said, ‘Pharmaceutical industry has been categorised under priority sector in IPR Policy, 2015 of Govt of Odisha. Provisions have been made for allotment of land under subsidized rate, capital grant to support quality infrastructure, interest subsidy, quick and easy power supply, reimbursement of value added tax, reimbursement of entry tax, financial assistance for technical know-how, entrepreneurship development subsidy, environment protection infrastructure subsidy, subsidy for patent registration and quality certification’ etc”.

Besides, other supports like anchor tenant subsidy, land for worker’s hostel and capital subsidy for plant and machinery, online availability of the necessary clearances and certificates within stipulated time, etc. would also be available to the entrepreneurs coming up for the establishment of new units.

The state government has also planned for a dedicated pharmaceutical cluster in the industrial estates around Bhubaneswar.