Lt Governor inaugurates IPFC Center at Jammu; Sub-Center at Srinagar

No.PR-305 October 28, 2020 New Delhi

Lt Governor inaugurates IPFC Center at Jammu; Sub-Center at Srinagar

Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on 27th October 2020, inaugurated Intellectual Property Facilitation Centre (IPFC) at Jammu and Sub-Centre at Srinagar through virtual mode.

Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor observed that the initiative is a move forward by the Government to promote awareness and adoption of Intellectual Property Rights amongst entrepreneurs and MSMEs in J&K.

Highlighting Government’s initiatives for development of economic sector in J&K, the Lt Governor said that the UT government is making untiring efforts for the promotion and growth of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises and all those associated with the sectors. Some recent steps taken by the government are sure to uplift the sectors in a short period of time.

The Economic Package announced recently and allied 83 measures have brought some respite to the industries in the region. Once announced, the Industrial Package would revolutionize the industries in here, he added.

In order to improve competitiveness of local industry post abrogation of toll tax at Lakhanpur, we are also taking 20 key steps that will not only enable the industry to become competitive, but also flourish in times to come and become more competitive not only in this region but also at the national level, said the Lt Governor.

The Lt Governor expressed his gratitude to the PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises for this initiative of promoting and safeguarding Intellectual Property Rights in this Union Territory. I’m sure it will encourage small businesses and increase J&K’s footprint in the global marketplace, he added.

Speaking on promoting self employment, the Lt Governor underlined the need to safeguard the innovations of entrepreneurs through Trademark and Patent laws and help them sustain in competitive global market. This facility would also help in promoting our local crafts. Both the Centres will provide help to the entrepreneurs with respect to IPR and GI Tags, he added.The IPR Policy has a slogan- “Creative India; Innovative India” and it is our mantra to tap abundant energies and innovations in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sectors of Jammu & Kashmir, the Lt Governor maintained.

The Lt Governor stressed on the need to generate awareness among stakeholders and devise simple mechanisms to ensure that the benefits of the IPR reach start-ups, village industries and people associated with the MSMEs.

According to the 2019-20 report by the Ministry of MSME, the UT has more than 7 lakh industries which provide livelihood to around 10.88 lakh people, and 74,785 entrepreneurs of these are women, which is a good indicator on the national scale, he said.

The UT government has recently signed a MoU with Flipkart to help connect our entrepreneurs to the global market. It is our responsibility to provide handholding as well as business related IPR help to ensure their overall growth. It is for the first time that focus was laid on the Intellectual Capital of the Union Territory, the Lt Governor maintained.

He also called for providing necessary awareness and training regarding Intellectual Property Rights and its services to the stakeholders.

Speaking on the occasion, Sh. Kewal Kumar Sharma, Advisor to the Lt Governor highlighted the importance of Intellectual Property Facilitation Centre and promoting awareness among the entrepreneurs and MSMEs regarding Intellectual Property Rights.

Sh. Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, Commissioner/Secretary, Industries and Commerce Department also threw light on the significance of Intellectual Property Facilitation Centre and its impact on Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises

Sh. Sanjay Aggarwal, President, PHDCCI while delivering the welcome address said the IPR Centre would be facilitating the registration for Trademarks, Copy rights, IPs and Geographical Indicator tags for the industry traders and also the Research and technology development Institutes. This will encourage the industry to enhance their spend on Research and development and keep it protected. The industry in particular suffers revenue losses due to counterfeit items and registration of designs; trademarks, logos, etc give protection against such frauds.

Mr Sanjay said that to make the Country aatmanirbhar, we have to make rachnatmak and anubhav bhart also and for that blessings of Hon'ble LG, and also guidance to help PHD Chamber IPR Facilitation Centre take a lead role in the state is need of hour. We have made this endeavour to bring the subject to life for the advantage of the relevant stake holders, Aggarwal added.

Mr Baldev Singh Raina, Chair PHDCCI- Kashmir while addressing the inaugural ceremony stated that this is a special moment for all of us. Dreams do not come true very often. Today, our dream did come true and we have firm belief that Hon'ble LG will bring ultimate development in J&K and to make this Center vibrant in J&K, we need continued support from everybody in government and beyond. Baldev thanked LG and his team for this great day, and for great future of J&K.

Mr. Rahul Sahai, Chair PHDCCI-Jammu in his address extended his gratitude to Hon'ble LG for virtual inauguration of IPFC-J&K, Mr Sahai, stated that keeping in mind the basic objective of boosting Intellectual Property Culture will enhance intellectual capital, that is vital for the economic development of the UT . It will help develop an ecosystem to support IPR needs besides providing potential to researchers, students, public at large, MSME Industry .

They can access IP registration for their purpose at reasonable cost. The IP facilitation Centre in J&K supports the students, innovators, employees in institutions and key regions of J&K to facilitate IP, Trademark , copyright , G I Filling and help in monitoring the IP activities .

Mr Mushtaq Chaya, Mentor Kashmir and Mr Rakesh Wazir, Mentor Jammu also extended their sincere thanks to Hon'ble LG ; Hon'ble Advisor to Lt Governor, and the Commissioner Secretary for virtual Inauguration of IPF Center and it was mentioned that the UT of J&K is in safe hands and we are moving towards development by leaps and bounds.

Mr Saurabh Sanyal, Secretary General PHDCCI presented the formal vote of thanks and he apprised the Hon'ble LG that PHD chamber is having IPFC facilitation center at Lucknow, New Delhi, and Chandigarh. Dr. Ranjeet Mehta, Principal Director, PHDCCI moderated the Inaugural ceremony.

Ends Media Division PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry