Nityanand Pandey & Ankita Mishra
Annasaheb Misal is an IAS officer of 2004 batch. He is serving as a Joint CEO, MIDC. He has a bachelor and Master’s degree in Agriculture from Marathwada Agricultural University. He had worked for 2 years as Dhule collector. In an exclusive interview with India Unbound, he shared about the current plans and about the future projects for the development of the Industrial sector of Maharashtra. He also shared about the projects for the attraction of investors
and industrialists towards Maharashtra.
* Please tell us about your school and college days and where you were born and brought up?
-I belong to an agricultural family. I completed my schooling and 10th from Zilla Parishad school of Konkan Village. Konkan village is about 25km away from Beed district. I did my 12th from Beed district and after that; I pursued my bachelor and Master’s degree in Agriculture from Marathwada Agricultural University. During my course of service, I did my in-service training in Hague, Netherland. I did my MBA in public policy and Management in Institute of Social Studies in 2006.
* What are your memories of 2004 batch of IAS, do you still meet your batchmates?
-We do not really get a get-together kind of meetings but we do meet occasionally. Sometimes, we meet due to sudden assignments too.
* What are the major challenges you are facing as a Joint CEO MIDC?
-Since MIDC is one of the most important and leading organisation of Government of Maharashtra, in terms of industrial and economic growth of the state, we get across many challenges of which acquisition of land is most important. MIDC looks after the balanced industrial development in the state and Maharashtra being one of the most industrialised state in the country attracting more and more foreign direct investment is also very crucial for economic growth of the state in particular and the country in general.
*What is your expectation from Make in Maharashtra Campaing in favour of investment and Employment?
-well, make in Maharashtra has provided a excellent platform for domestic and foreign investors to come and invest in Maharashtra. We have “Maitry Forum” a one window system to facilitate and expedite the permissions required from different government departments to set up a industry in the state. And hence there is very congenial climate for the industries to come into Maharashtra. There is big demand for industrial plots in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik areas and Aurangabad as well and we are working hard to cater this demand. Allotment of plot is being done through e-bidding and online application making the process totally transparent.
*Will MIDC can cope up with this land acquisition problems?
-Yes, surely we will be able to cope up with this situation where land acquisition is a challenge because we acquire lands through negotiations and with consents only where we are offering very prices for the land on the basis of market rates. Our broader aim is to achieve balanced industrial growth in the state. We also want industries to come not only in around Mumbai but also in backward regions of the state and to generate employment to the locals.
* How much number of industries and employment are you expecting?
-Make in Maharashtra campaign is already in a working process and as part of it, we are hosting a investment summit in February 2018 in Mumbai. This time we focusing more on direct investments from foreign as well as domestic companies rather than only signing MOU’s. As part of this, we have already done road shows in various countries including Sweden, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland,etc.
*Maharashtra being the biggest contributor to India’s GDP, what are your plans to invite entrepreneur and industrialists from worldwide for the Make in Maharashtra campaign?
-MIDC is one of the most disciplined organisations having a very good organisational culture of its own. Recently we are using more and more advanced technology to make it more efficient so as to give quick and Easy service delivery to the public.
*Discipline is the key of any organisation, how much you rate MIDC?
-MIDC is the most disciplined organization. It has much cultural organization. Recently, we are even using advanced technologies like digitization, computerization to make it more efficient.
*How will GST give its impact on investors, according to you?
-GST has definitely streamlined all the process regarding multiple taxation and filing multiple tax returns made easy. In addition it has made people’s work more easier. There is always a general inertia for any big change so there may be few problems initially but eventually everything will be better.
*What are the difference between smart city and metro city?
-Well, this is not my subject matter but according to my view, a smart city is a city, which is more efficient in terms of transportation and communication. A city where people are living at ease. Therefore, any system in a city that works efficiently is a smart city.
*What are the differences between Make in India and Make in Maharashtra?
-There is no difference between them. They are going together, hand in hand. Moreover, if you focus making in Maharashtra is a part of Make in India.
*Kindly share your experience as a District collector Dhule?
-I enjoyed that state very much because it was the most important part of my career. I worked there for 2 years and it gave me the most satisfaction. As a collector, you can serve each person in that district in one or the other way. Over there, we did a lot of work on water conservation. In 2015, the government of India announced a programme ‘Jalshivar Yojana’ which was an integrated approach to water and soil conservation. We also did a lot of work for sanitation and Swach Bharat Abhiyaan.
* Who is your role model?
-I believe in my own self. I have come up to this position all by myself and of course because of my family.
* Which is your favourite sport?
-I love to play lawn tennis.
* How do you spend your leisure time?
-Well, I rarely get any leisure time but in the morning, I do play lawn tennis sometimes. I also read few books.
* What advice would you give to the students who aspire to become an IAS ans IPS ?
-If a person honestly wants to serve the nation, really wants to serve the people only then they should opt for civil services. Because a person should have the passion to serve the society.
* What message would you like to spread through India Unbound to our readers and your department officials?
-Right now, the very important thing is delivery of services to the people, which should be immediate without any hassles and in a transparent manner. My message to the people is to work jointly and honestly for our county’s prosperity. Because, if every single person will work honestly, our country will definitely develop.