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India Inc hails Delhi’s AAP Govt

‘We look forward to a strong partnership between the state government and industry in the areas of inclusion, social and physical infrastructure development under the public-private partnership (PPP) model, skill development and enhancing employability, social security and attracting investments,’ said Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Director General Chandrajit Banerjee.

The industry body is confident that the new government would be industry-friendly and strengthen Delhi's pre-eminent position both economically and socially, he added.

Making a stunning debut in the 70-member Assembly polls, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), riding on a strong anti-incumbency wave, ended the Congress's 15-year-rule and its leader Arvind Kejriwal trounced three-time Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit by a margin of more than 25,000 votes.

‘For industry, there is no better business potential and sense than empowerment of people, especially at the bottom of the pyramid. To that extent, we certainly share and applaud the goals set by AAP,’ said Assocham President Rana Kapoor.

Kejriwal, whose Aam Aadmi Party has rewritten the grammar of politics in Delhi and may possibly do so elsewhere, took oath as Delhi Chief Minister on Saturday, promising a corruption-free government and new style of governance without the arrogance of power.

‘We expect the AAP government to revive industrial estates like Okhla, Narela, Anand Parbat, Patparganj so that manufacturing can be revived in the capital and people given employment,’ Chairman of engineering exporters' body EEPC India Anupam Shah said.

Meanwhile, engineering exporters' lobby EEPC India expressed the hope that the newly installed Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi would work for the revival of defunct industrial estates in the national capital.

It will lead to revival of manufacturing activities in the region and generation of more employment, Engineering Export Promotion Council India chairman Anupam Shah said in a statement released in Mumbai.  ‘We expect the Aam Aadmi Party Government to revive industrial estates like Okhla, Narela, Anand Parbat, Patparganj, so that manufacturing can be revived,’ he said.

Most factories in these industrial estates have either closed down, with some premises turning into banquet halls, to the detriment of the manufacturing of export products, Shah said.  ‘The new government, as stated in its manifesto, should infuse life into them.’

‘The traditional trading hubs such as Sadar Bazaar, Chandni Chowk, Khari Baoli, Karol Bagh and
Connaught Place should also receive the government's attention,’ Shah said. The capital city can become a major hub of the export industry if manufacturing and trading are encouraged, he observed.
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