The foresighted decisions taken by the state government have given impetus to industrial development in Chhattisgarh even during the Corona crisis. Several sensitive decisions like concessions in electricity rates, grants-in-aid to the state government, and giving priority to the products of local industries with simple and convenient system of providing various approvals have made life of the industry of Chhattisgarh. During the period of Corona, when industrial activity was stopped throughout the country, production continued in the core sector industries of Chhattisgarh. In the last week of April, production activities had started in industries other than core sector. The State Government has taken continuous decisions in the interest of industries. The result of this was a pleasant result that Chhattisgarh registered a growth of 24 percent in GST collection in the month of September 2020 as compared to the month of September last year. In the year 2019 September, the GST collection in Chhattisgarh was Rs 1490 crore, which increased to Rs 1841 crore in the year 2020 September despite Corona crisis. This year, from January 2020 to June 2020, 848 industrial units provided employment to 15 thousand 424 persons in industries by investing capital of 14 thousand 983 crore.
Under the leadership of the Chief Minister, Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, the State Government took continuous decisions in the interest of industries with full sensitivity. Chief Minister Mr. Baghel himself discussed the problems of industry representatives from different sectors from time to time during the lockdown period and took quick decisions to resolve the problems. In the recently held cabinet meeting, several important decisions regarding industries were taken. There was an increase of one year in the period prescribed for setting up industries in the land leased to industries. Transfer of land was made easier in cases of non-use of industrial land allotted on lease. An 18-month period has been fixed for earlybird grant for setting up new bio-ethanol plant. First MOU After starting production within six months, there was a provision for grant of earlybird grant. This period has now been extended to 18 months.