Environment-Friendly Measures In Industries Only Way to Prevent Catastrophe: Dibya Shankar Mishra
Global Warming has been a major issue for years, and environmentalists have warned time and again to adopt greener practices, especially in industries. Almost every year, Odisha faces a cyclone that devastates certain areas – overheating of oceans play a huge role in that. Striving to reduce the contributing factors, State Minister for Energy, Industries, and MSMEs, Dibya Shankar Mishra said, “We will keep facing adversities like Covid, cyclones, and floods until we take care of the environment”. The issue was discussed while he was addressing the AGM of FICCI Odisha State Council on Friday.
“We have to protect nature and work towards a zero-discharge industry. We need to take care of our workforce and workplaces for healthy, holistic growth of our industries”, he said stressing on the state as well as national industries to follow environment-friendly measures.
He also reported that the State has been performing well on six focused sectors which include food processing, chemicals, plastics and petrochemicals, ancillary and downstream industries in the metal sector. The state is looking forward to further develop the IT and electronics sector, the minister said.
“Our endeavour is to continue to broad base our industrial development. We are devising our industrial policies to make it more progressive and forward-looking”, said Hemant Sharma, Principal Secretary of Industry department.
The major takeaway from the speakers included that Odisha produces one-fourth of India’s steel and more than half of the stainless steel and aluminium produced in the country. The Vision 2030 plan involves participation from the MSME sector, particularly the medium industries sector and niche industries.
Chairperson of FICCI Odisha State Council and MD of Sambad Group Monica Nayyar Patnaik said apart from being a partner in industrial development, FICCI is also a part of the State government’s task force in vaccination drive and facilitation of oxygen supply. The speakers included the secretary-general of FICCI Dilip Chenoy, and co-chairman of FICCI National Tourism Council, JK Mohanty.