BHOPAL : Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan now controls half of the erstwhile Industries Department, headed by powerful Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia. A new department called Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) was carved out from the Industries Department and it was not allocated to Scindia.As all portfolios not allocated to any Minister automatically come under the control of the Chief Minister, Chouhan is now the Minister for MSME. Several important units of the Industries Department have been placed under MSME Department. The Establishment section, which is the most important unit in any Department, has been integrated with the MSME because of which the Industries Department has been left with no cadre in the districts.
District Trade and Industries Centre, Trade Fair, Stores, Laghu Udyog Nigam, State Industries Corporation and State Textiles Corporation have also been incorporated into the new department. The Commissioner, Industries has also been placed under MSME Department.
With this, the administrative control of Industries Minister on the Department has ended. Industries Department has no cadre left in districts. With Establishment being separated, appointments, postings and promotions in the Department will not be dealt with by the Chief Minister. Madhya Pradesh Trade and Investment Facilitation Corporation and Industrial Centre Development Corporation and Employment are with Industries Department.
CM is in-charge: PS
Principal Secretary, MSME VL Kanta Rao confirmed that the Chief Minister is in-charge of the department. “As far as I know, till now, the department has not been allocated to any Minister. In these circumstances, the Chief Minister has automatically become the Minister for this department”, he said.
Big industries to face problems
Big industries would also face problems with the reins of Industries and MSME Departments in two different hands. Big industries also have to deal with the Commissioner of Industries and District Industries Centres. In this situation, problems would emerge as both departments now have different Ministers and Principal Secretaries.