Unregistered industrial units in Ludhiana and elsewhere have been asked to get themselves registered so they can avail of the benefits of various schemes. In Ludhiana, there are more than 30,000 unregistered industrial units that are spread in different locations of the city. These units are operational in homes or functional in small areas.
Ludhiana is a leading industrial town of Punjab and an important center for textile and allied industry. It is leading producer of woolen and acrylic knitwear, although it also uses extensively cotton and other blended fibers to produce a wide range of fabrics, hosiery, knitwear and readymade garments.
The industry caters largely to the domestic market, although it has also been exporting for nearly a century. Consisting of both registered and unregistered units, almost 99 per cent of the readymade garment, textile and hosiery industry in Ludhiana is small scale. Apart from these, there are a large number of supporting units that manufacture packing material, printed labels, buttons, as also spinning, dyeing and embroidery units.
At one time all enterprises were urged to file an entrepreneur memorandum (EM). However, the manual procedure was ridden with several challenges and was not considered investor friendly. Now a web portal has been developed for online filing of EM to make the process simple.