Gujarat - Investment and Industrial Policies

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Agro Industrial Policy 2016-21

Gujarat has a vast untapped potential in Agro Industrial Sector. The State has a very high level of production and productivity in several agriculture and horticulture crops in the country. The State has identified Agro & Food Processing Industries as one of the thrust Industries in Industrial Policy 2016-2021.

The State Government is committed to accelerate the development of Agro based industries in the State. A key initiative of the Government would be to metamorphose the supply chain infrastructure which would have multiplier effect in agriculture sector & greatly increase the effectiveness across the entire sector.

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BT Policy 2007 - 2012

The science of biotechnology (BT) is making rapid strides. Past several years have witnessed a great conversion of this science into economic benefits due to its application in fields of agriculture, medicine, animal husbandry and environmental protection. Quite often, the science of biotechnology is also termed as key technology of 21st century.

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Civil Aviation Policy 2010

Gujarat is one of the most forward looking states in India. A large number of NRIs, foreigners and domestic tourists visit the state throughout the year. Civil Aviation is one of the fastest developing sectors in India. The vision envisages up-gradation and modernization of the infrastructure at existing airports, developing new airports at important business and tourism hubs and helipads/heliports in remote areas/places of tourist/pilgrimage interest to provide seamless air transportation to all parts of the state for sustainable development of trade and tourism.

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Disaster Management Policy

The state of Gujarat ('the state') has been prone to disasters. Over the years, these disasters have caused extensive damage to life and property and have adversely impacted economic development. The Government of Gujarat ('GoG') recognises the need to have a proactive, comprehensive, and sustained approach to disaster management to reduce the detrimental effects of disasters on overall socio-economic development of the state. GoG believes that there is a need for a policy that articulates its vision and strategy for disaster management in the state. In this context the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA) provides guidelines to various entities involved in disaster management in the state to discharge their responsibilities more effectively. With this in view, the GSDMA has formulated the Gujarat State Disaster Management Policy ('GSDMP' or 'the Policy').

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Growth Policy

  • Aims to achieve sustainable industrial development
  • Makes the State more attractive to accelerate further the flow of investment in the Industrial sector
  • Proposes to promote IT and knowledge based industries
  • Enhanced exports from industrial units targeted

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Industrial Policy 2015

Government of Gujarat intends to create a healthy, conducive climate for conduct business and industrial production. This would include, inter alia; streamlined approval process, regional and economic linkages in the state, in-house skill development, thrust to labour-intensive industries, focus on sustainability and innovation with positive externalities for affiliate sectors.

The new industrial policy 2015 of Gujarat is a framework than a detailed blueprint, aimed at defining the broad contours of the government's mission towards augmenting the industrial development of the state.

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Information Technology Policy 2006-2011

As per the latest NASSCOM report of 2005, size of information Technology/Information Technology Enabled Services (IT/ITES) industry in India has been to the tune of USD 36 billion dollar while it employs about 1.3 million people. By 2010 this sector is set to grow to $60 billion and would employ 2.5 million persons. Thus, IT sector in India continues to offer excellent growth opportunities.

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IT Policy 2016-21

Over the last two decades Information Technology (IT) and Information Technology enabled Services (ITeS) Industry in India has emerged as a strategic sector in India's competitiveness in global market on both employment as well as economic value creation fronts. IT as a sector has marched ahead at a brisk pace evolving into a key driver to both India's global trade and to Indian's mobility.

A report by NASSCOM evaluating the contribution of IT over last decade brings out that; IT has offset 65% of India's cumulative net oil imports. IT/ITeS sector has contributed to 45% of incremental urban employment – both direct and indirect – with over 30% women employees and 45% new entrants. The report also acknowledges that for the globally competitive marketplace IT has opened the doors for India in forging business relationships with almost all Fortune 500 companies.

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Power Generation Policy - 2009

The Government of India has enacted a comprehensive legislation in the form of The Electricity Act, 2003 which attempts to impart renewed thrust to co-ordinated development of the power sector in the country, provides a comprehensive yet flexible legislative framework for power development and envisions a sector characterized by a competitive market in power where the regulators and the power utilities play increasingly significant roles.

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Port Policy

Gujarat has played a pivotal role in developing maritime infrastructure of India. Currently the state is handling around 32% of India's cargo traffic and has an installed capacity of around 466 MTPA. The phenomenal growth in port traffic is only attributable to the investor friendly port policy which was announced in year 1995. This policy has fueled private sector investment in the state and has changed the maritime landscape of Gujarat.

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Road Policy

Transportation plays a principle role in Economic and general development. A well laid out road network is essential for efficient and cost effective movement of men and materials, without which trade and industry cannot maintain a competitive edge.

At the present juncture, when the country is witnessing phenomenal all round growth as a result of economic restructuring, an efficient and dependable Road Infrastructure is absolutely crucial and needs to be accorded overriding priority.

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Solar Power Policy - 2015

The State of Gujarat (the “State”) intends to increase the share of renewable energy, particularly solar energy in its energy basket.It is with this intention that the State launched the Gujarat Solar Policy-2009, for which it receiveda veryenthusiastic response. The policy resulted in a cumulative solar capacity in excess of 1000 megawatts (MW) with investment of about INR 9,000 crores. This policy also witnessed setting up India's first and Asia's largest Solar Park at Charanka in Patan District, and the country's first MW scale canal-top solar plant at Chandrasan in Mehsana District of Gujarat.

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Tourism Policy 2015 - 2020

Tourism has evolved from just exploring new places to an opportunity for enhancing international relations, expanding business boundaries and appreciating cultural diversities. It helps bring different countries, peoples and cultures together while significantly contributing to the economic and social development.

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Wind Power Policy - 2016

Gujarat State is blessed with long coast line and good wind speeds for harnessing of the Wind Energy potential of more than 35,000 MW. Because of earlier conducive Wind Power Policies published by the Government from time to time, it has become possible to achieve an installed Wind Power capacity of more than 3800 MW across the State.Last Wind Power Policy-2013 has expired on 30-06-2016. The State Government is committed to further promote generation from such Clean and Green sources of energy.

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