The Uttarakhand government has announced the launch of India’s first industrial park exclusively for women entrepreneurs.
The move is intended to attract women to business and encourage them to initiate start-ups in the state.
The park will be located in Uttarakhand’s Sitarganj district (Rudrapur area) and will be spread over 200 acres. A 10-acre industrial park will be started in Sitarganj Phase-II of the State Industrial Development Corporation of Uttarakhand Limited (SIDCUL) in the first phase. More such specialised industrial parks across all the districts of the state will follow thereafter.
According to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, a specific percentage of jobs will be reserved for women in the units located in the industrial park.
“The women, who are inclined towards the proliferation of small and medium industrial units in the state, will receive government support,” he added. These women will also receive land at concessional rates.
Additionally, the state government would set up a single-window umbrella organisation for the benefit of units promoted by Self Help Groups and large units.
“We want industrialists, particularly women entrepreneurs, to make use of the cordial industrial relations in the state to facilitate investment,” he said.
The launch event was organised by the FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO).
FLO President Vinita Bhimbhet said, “To accelerate women’s participation in the process of economic development, the first step is to develop and promote entrepreneurship among women and for this concerted effort is required from the industry, government and the society.”
Speaking with Times of India, Bhimbhet added, “It is a great news for women entrepreneurs, and we are quite excited about the decision. The state has recently climbed up from number 23 to top position in the ease of doing business rankings. All the women entrepreneurs are actually curious to know the policies and strategies that the state has crafted for the women entrepreneurs.”
Today, Uttarakhand has over 1,000 women entrepreneurs and 469 units that are being exclusively handled by women entrepreneurs.