The J&K Government has been focusing on the industrial sector for accelerating the economic growth and for generating employment opportunities for the youth of the Union Territory. I&C Department operates as the apex body for the development of industrial sector in the UT.
The Vision of I&C Department is to create sustainable, equitable, environment-friendly and balanced industrial growth in the MSME, Textile, Mining and Trade sectors. An integral part of this vision is creation of employment opportunities for the local skilled and educated youth.
I&C Department operates through two separate Directorates-one each for the Kashmir Division and the Jammu Division. It implements the Government’s policies related to various aspects of industrial development. It also facilitates entrepreneurship in establishing industries by providing them the land, required clearances and incentives/concessions available under the Industrial development Policies of the UT. At present the Government of Jammu and Kashmir has developed 57 industrial estates and many more are in the process of development.
- Formulation of Industrial policy/trade policy and facilitation of trade and commerce.
- Creation of infrastructure and facilities through establishment of industrial estates and industrial parks so as to attract private investment.
- Implementation and facilitation of various schemes for industrial development.
- Promotion and facilitation for establishment of industrial units through SIDCO and SICOP.
- Technical, financial and marketing support to artisans and weavers and promotion of Khadi and Village Industries.
- Creation of skilled manpower in business and encouraging leadership and entrepreneurship with sectoral thrust.
- Regulation of major and minor mineral mines and their exploration/exploitation through private and government agencies.
- Supporting industrial efforts for development of new products and creation of design banks and resource centers.
- Quality control, benchmarking, certification and labeling of handicrafts/handloom products