Hyderabad: Minister for IT and Industries K T Rama Rao on Wednesday assured the Centre of all support from the State for the revival of the Cement Corporation of India (CCI) unit in Adilabad that was closed down way back in 1998.
He called on the Union Minister for Major Industries, Anant G Geethe, in New Delhi along with Forest Minister Jogu Ramanna seeking steps to give a fresh lease of life to the cement unit, the only major industry in Adilabad district.
Rama Rao said the State would provide all incentives that are usually extended for setting up a new unit even for the revival of the CCI unit as a special case.
If needed the State would help breathe new life into the unit by pumping in fresh investments, as it happened in the case of the Ramagundam fertilizer unit. Hundreds of workers depending on the industry were now out of employment.
The CCI unit was unique in its own way. It has a captive limestone unit, 722 acres of land besides, the necessary infrastructure. Its revival would mean much for the Telangana State.
The Forest Minister had represented the CCI unit issue to the Union Minister repeatedly during the past two and half years.
Everytime, the issue was taken up with the Centre, Jogu Rammanna was asked about what the State would do as a matching effort for its revival. The appointment with the Union Minister in the day was intended to apprise him of the incentives offered by the State for its revival. The Union Minister has responded positively, said Rama Rao.
Jogu Ramanna said the CCI unit had 2,000 workers engaged either in direct employment or as contract workers, who were literally on the roads for the past 18 years.