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The Confederation of Indian Industry Western Region (CII WR) comprises of the states of Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Each of these states, with its distinctive niche, potential and capabilities, has contributed significantly to the growth story of India. Investors have viewed this region with great interest on account of its abundant natural resources, industrial strengths, sound connectivity, investor friendly ambience and availability of skilled manpower. The region also has one of the indomitable stock exchanges namely, the Bombay Stock Exchange, it is the hub of some of biggest Indian multinationals and world class tourist destinations. The major manufacturing industries located in the region include basic iron and steel, auto & auto components, engineering, chemical & petrochemicals, gems & jewellery, textiles, agro products, cement and pharmaceuticals, to name a few. Besides, the region also has a robust service sector comprising banking & financial services, legal services, transportation, tourism, entertainment and healthcare. Given the enormous potential across sectors, CII in the Western Region lays special thrust on inclusive growth and sustainability. The region’s theme focuses on ‘Sustaining Growth through Education’, and has led to wide range of initiatives for improvement of higher education, skill development and affirmative action. The region hosts some of the biggest national and international conferences, exhibitions, business missions, trade delegations, training workshops and SME development meetings. The CII Study on Investment Climate in the Western States of India gives more information and insights on the investment attractiveness of the region.
 
Sector Update
 
As a taxpayer, you may have some very legitimate grievances relating to your Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax (Indirect Tax) matters such as settlement of your claims etc. You may, for example, feel that the Department owes you a certain refund of tax but it is not doing enough to hear your grievance or complaint nor taking action to redress it. You may also be aggrieved about the unwarranted rude behaviour of officials or their failure to follow instructions and circulars of the Board. In all such cases, you can approach your Indirect Tax Ombudsman.
 
The travails of the global economy appear to be still not behind us, despite gradual recovery during 2010 from the worst global economic conditions since World War II. Continued fiscal and debt burdens vitiate the recovery process, imparting a degree of fragility and uncertainty to global economic conditions. The world needs a new source of growth and stability, and India, a rapidly growing economy with strong internal demand, offers a new opportunity. India remained relatively untrammeled by the developments in the Eurozone and reverted to close to 9% GDP growth rates in 2010. Growth was broad-based across all sectors, including agriculture, manufacturing and services. Public commitment to calibrated exit from expansionary fiscal policy and continued corporate and household confidence have helped sustain a virtuous growth cycle. The resurgence of the rural economy and intensified infrastructure mission further strengthened the foundations for medium-term growth propensities.
 
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Pune in association with The Hindu Business Line business daily has released a special 4 page supplement titled "Pune: Moving India Ahead" on Monday, 21 June 2010. The special report highlights the strengths of Pune city and its role in the economic upliftment of the country.
 
The CII Maharashtra State Council believes that since we are an integral part of the overall civic society, we need to utilize and direct our resources in contributing back to the society. Keeping this as an objective, we have been engaging in various activities which would ensure the contribution of the industry towards the society. At the same time, we have also embarked on a mission to ignite a movement in evolving a vision for facilitating Maharashtra’s transformation into an economically strong, technologically vital and ethically sound leader. Hence, our theme “Economic, Social and Environmental Sustainability through Innovation, Productivity and Skills Enhancement” for the year 2009-10.
 
CII Awards & Recognitions
 
Quality Control Circles create a conducive and stimulating atmosphere for the workers such that their creativity can be energized and properly canalized. QCC Competition provides a unique opportunity to motivate workers to form Quality Circles within the company and also provides them a forum to exchange ideas and share theirs experiences. It is beneficial for senior managers, supervisors and management personnel.
 
Kaizen is a system of continuous improvement in quality, technology, processes, company culture, productivity, safety and leadership. In today’s scenario, “Kaizen activity “ is one of the benchmarked tools that not only enhances the growth of any Organisation, but also uplifts the Morale of the employees, setting a good example of “employer - employee relationships”, as it calls for collaboration, commitment & teamwork from top to down.
 
The Regional and National Workskills India Competitions organised by CII, are recognised by the Directorate General of Employment & Training (DGE&T), Ministry of Labour, Government of India.