The Vidarbha Economic Development Council (VED) held its Annual General MeetingÂ on Sat. 8th Aug. 2020 The VED Sankalp was read out by Malhar Deshpande. Shivkumar Rao, President, warmly welcomed the members on this 26th AGMÂ making the introductory remarks.
Rahul Upganlawar read the actions of the minutes of the last AGM highlighting the SME onference in Nov 2019 with Nitin Gadkari as Chief Guest and informed that we would work on employment-generation. Shivkumar Rao read the Presidentâ€™s Report for 2019-2020.
Shivkumar Rao informed about a few of the work done during the year. Recommendations to a draft mining policyÂ worked on by VED were submitted by the MSMC to the GoM, were awaiting announcement, as also a framework for a minerals cluster near Nagpur for which MSMC identified a parcel of land and informed the GoM, which was still to be notified by the GoI and GoM, and the demand was also for a steel cluster. Apart from these, headway had also been made in the setting up of institutions like the IIIT and NIPER (National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research) which had been allotted land after rigourous VED follow-up.Â NIPER coming up in 100 acres of land, would enable the pharma sector to invite 20-25 industries to this region.
Future plans included, especially, the formation of Thrust Areas (TAs) and their core committees that would do SWOT analyses and try to rectify problems in their respective areas. The TAs were decided as Mines & Minerals, New Investments & Emerging Opportunities, Education, Agriculture (fisheries, dairy, agro-processing), Tourism and Environment. He urged all members to share their ideas, participate in their areas of interest, and fulfill their desire of contributing to the region.
D. Parekh announced the new Office-bearers.
SrÂ Â NameÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Designation
1Â Â Â Shivkumar RaoÂ -Â President
2Â Â Â Devendra ParekhÂ -Â IPP
3Â Â Â Pankaj Mahajan – Â Vice-President
4Â Â Â Pradeep MaheshwariÂ -Â Vice-President
5Â Â Â Rahul UpganlawarÂ -Â Vice-President
6Â Â Â Varun Vijaywargi – Â Secretary General
7Â Â Â Navin MalewarÂ -Â Treasurer
8Â Â Â Atul TajpuriyaÂ Â – Joint Secretary
9Â Â Â Dinesh Naidu – Â Joint Secretary
10Â Malhar DeshpandeÂ -Â Joint Secretary
The following members were inducted into Executive Committee – Amitabh Sinha, Dipankar Moitra, Dr. Kapil Chandrayan and Dr. T S Rawal.
Last but not the least, Shivkumar Rao acknowledged appreciation and expressed his deep gratitude to the VED members who donated an amount of Rs, 10,50,000 to the Red Cross Society and 15,000 surgical masks and 1000 PPE kits to local medical institutions towards the corona cause.