New Delhi: Uttarakhand has become the first state in India to launch an Entrepreneurs Park exclusively for women businessmen. Mr Harish Rawat, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, launched the Women’s Entrepreneurs Park of Uttarakhand, at a meeting organized by FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) at Federation House on 15 July 2016. The first industrial park in the country, exclusively for women entrepreneurs, will be located at Sitarganj in Udham Singh Nagar district of the State.
Addressing the session on ‘Uttarakhand: The Next Investment Destination for Women’, Mr. Rawat said that Women’s Entrepreneurs park which will be spread over 200 acres is expected attract more women entrepreneurs and help them to initiate startups in the state. The state government will support women who have interest to contribute to the development and proliferation of small and medium industrial units in the state and a specific percentage of jobs will be reserved for women in the units located in the industrial park, the chief minister of the state said.
The Chief Minister also agreed to “examine” the FLO suggestion to offer land at concessional rates to women. He assured the women entrepreneurs that the State Government would set up a single-window umbrella organization for the benefit of units promoted by Self Help Groups and large units.
Ms. Vinita Bimbhet, President, FLO, in her remarks 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. And the second and the most important step is for the women themselves to discover their talent and unleash the entrepreneur within.”
Senior officials and departments of the state made presentations on tourism and on investment opportunities in the aviation, health and hospitality sectors. Women welfare initiatives of Uttarakhand government and schemes related to industries generating employment for women also came up for close discussion.