Jharkhand Small Industry Association – A Brief Overview
After the creation of the State of Jharkhand on 15th November 2000, to optimally utilise the available resources of the State in a planned manner and to accelerate the industrial development of the State, an Industrial Policy has been formulated. To achieve expected industrial growth, the districts of the State have been categorised into three categories, so as to capitalise the industrial potential through planned utilisation and development of natural and human resources and to gradually increase the employment opportunities.
Jharkhand Small Industries Association (JSIA) was formed in 1958 with Mr. R.P. Bhaskar as it’s FOUNDER PRESIDENT. Ranchi at that time was emerging as a major Industrial hub with HEC being established in Ranchi and many steel plants around Ranchi. With this background, this Industry Association was formed with the following motive:
PURPOSE OF FORMATION
- To Unite & safeguard the interest of SSI
- To give Voice to the existing problems
- Cope up with Day to Day Problems faced due to Kota & Permit Raj.
- Protect Industries from Inspector Raj.
- To Advise and Guide future entrepreneurs.
Many eminent Industrialists led this Association as it’s President and worked relentlessly for development of MSME in this part of the country. Same of the achievements of the association are as under:
- 1963-64 Raw Material Depot of Govt. of Bihar started at Ranchi and many dignitaries addressed the association including Mr. P.C. Alexander, DC SSI Govt. of India, who later became Governor of Maharashtra.
- 1966-67 due to Association’s efforts Ferrous & Non-ferrous raw materials was made available easily to the local industries. Steel raw material depots in private sector were also opened during this period.
- 1970-72 : During this period cotton yarn was not available to weavers easily and yarn business was concentrated in the hands of big houses leading to manifold problems for poor weavers. Association managed quota for cotton yarn and made available the same to weavers. Due to this many new units came into existence surrounding Irba, Ranchi.,
- 1972 : Soap industry started getting raw material in huge quantity through our association which helped the soap industry in Chotanagpur in a big way.
- 1975 : Association developed very good relations with policy makers due to it’s intellectual and unbiased approach.
- 1984 : Association’s name was changed from Ranchi to “Chotanagpur Small Scale Industries Association”, to represent SSI of Chotanagpur Plateau.
- 1987 : Association office shifted from Kachehari Road to Kokar Industrial Area. The building was taken on rent from RIADA.
- 1988 : The construction of new building of the association started. Financial year April to March system was adopted.
- 1990-91 : Slogan by Association “One Inspector, One Return & One Law” became popular.
- 1991-92 : This period witnessed frequent Bandh, Rangdari, Gundaism and Power problem in the industries. Association took out a massive procession, closing down the industries and presented the symbolic keys to the Government. It forced the government to initiate action on all fronts.
- 1991-92 : Inauguration of new conference hall on first floor of associations building.
- 1992 : The Freight Equalization policy on Iron & Steel was scarped which was initiated by this association
- 1992 : Separate Industrial Feeder concept was introduced.
- 1998 : The association and Govt. of Bihar jointly organised “First Jharkhand Udyog Mela” in Jaipal Singh Stadium, Ranchi.
- 2000- 01 : Association was part of the team which made New Industrial Policy of Jharkhand.
- 2002 : Jharkhand Udyog Mela 2002 was successfully organised jointly by Association and Jharkhand Government. This exhibition cum fair was Showcase of newly created Industrialised Jharkhand State.
- 2006 : Association’s name was changed from Chotanagpur to “Jharkhand Small Industries Association”, and became an APEX ASSOCIATION.
- 2006 : Jharkhand Udyog Mela 2006 was successfully organised jointly by Association and Jharkhand Government. Attracted more than 5 lac people not only from state, but also from outside the states.
Important Dignitaries regularly visited our Association.
Popular Dignitaries Visit
- Mr. Lal Krishna Advani, Deputy Prime Minister, Govt. of India.
- Mr. A.P. Sharma, Union Minister Industries
- Mr. Yashwant Sinha, Finance Minister, Govt. of India.
- Late Madhaw Rao Sindhiya, Railway Minister, Govt. of India.
- Mr. Subodh Kant Sahay, Minister of State, Home, Govt. of India.
- Mr. Nitish Kumar, Union Railway Minister
- Mr. Sibu Soren, Coal Minister, Govt. of India.
- Mr. Prabhat Kumar, First Governor of Jharkhand
- Mr. Rama Jois, Governor of Jharkhand
- Mr. Bindeshwari Dubey, Chief Minister Govt. of Bihar
- Mr. Lalu Prasad Yadav, Chief Minister, Bihar
- Mr. P.N. Sinha, State Minister (Industries) , Bihar
- Professor Sidheshwar Prasad (Power),Bihar
- Mr. Babulal Marandi, First Chief Minister of Jharkhand
- Mr. Madhu Koda, Chief Minister of Jharkhand
- Mr. Stephen Marandi, Deputy Chief Minister
- Mr. Sudhir Mahto, Deputy Chief Minister
- Mr. Shyam Razak, Minister of Power, Bihar
- Mr. Chandrashekhar Singh, Industry Minister, Bihar
- Mrs. Ambika Soni, AICC General Secretary.
- Mr. J.J. Irani, MD Tata Steel
- Mr. Mutthuraman, MD Tata Steel
JSIA has grown to a very active Industry Association mainly bounded as follows.
- The association has been instrumental in encouraging the small entrepreneurs to maintain their dignity while running the industries.
- The formation of our compact group began in 1980’s when there was threat from industrial promoting agencies and inspectors. Besides this the agitation for new state started and had its effect on small industries which made us closer to each other. Very few people know it, but our association visited and met central ministers, one of them is current Prime Minister for the formation of New State.
- By early 1990 the association became like a family and any threat on one member was taken as attack on the family.
- The bond became stronger.
- The President and Secretaries or the office bearers of this association right from the beginning have never taken any advantage of their position. The members openly discuss the short comings or weaknesses of executive body like in a family all members sit together and discuss.
- This differentiates us from any other similar organizations. The policy makers who sensed this strength, invited us and discussed the policies before it was framed.