District Industries Centre
The District Industries Centre (DIC) programme was introduced for the first time in the state in July' 1978 for providing the necessary support services under one roof for industrial development in the district. Kota, which is the major industrial town of the state, is just 72 km. from Baran where Industrialisation had taken roots in the early sixties. Though Baran was formerly a part of Kota but it remained backward. After the creation of the district of Baran, the DIC was established at Baran in September 1992. A number of schemes have been introduced by the DIC.
Some of these are discussed below.
1) Pradhan Mantry Rozgar Yojna (PMRY): In this scheme training is provided for the educated unemployed for setting up their own industries. Under the scheme, an educated unemployed person of 18-35 years, minimum 8th class pass, family income not more than 40,000/- per year and residing at that place for 3 years is eligible. Assistance is provided for the loan from banks. A number of unemployed have been benefited by the District Industry Centre (DIC), Baran till date.
2) House Hold Industries (HHI): In this scheme women are provided weaving and sewing training for setting up their own business.
3) Kargha Ghar Subsidy: Subsidised loan is provided under this scheme to setup Kargha Ghar in the district.
4) Eye-Testing for Weavers: Eye testing of the weavers is done under this scheme. Weavers are also provided free glasses.
5) Insurance for Weavers: Under this scheme, insurance is provided for the weavers. 20 percent of the money is put in by the weavers and 40 percent by the state government. 60 percent comes from the central government
The District has a tremendous scope for the rapid industrialisation, especially among agro-based industries. The main forest produce of district is 'Tendu leaves'. So 'Bidi', Dona-pattal units are beneficial in the district. The minerals produced in the district are limestone, sandstone, building stone etc. so the units based on the above stones are also beneficial.
The NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation) Limited at Anta is the largest power generating company of India. It is a public sector company owned by the Government of India. It was incorporated in the year 1975in order to accelerate power development in the country. The NTPC Anta Project is located about 23 Kms from Baran district headquarters, close to the Anta town of the district. Anta project is the first in a series of combined cycle power projects set up by NTPC in different parts of the country. The installed capacity of first stage is 413 MW comprising 3 gas turbines of 88 MW each and a steam turbine of 149 MW. All the units were synchronised ahead of schedule