Thrust on education, agriculture, infrastructure and entrepreneurship
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) would launch District Development Plans (DDP) for Pudukottai and Perambalur districts as part of its programme on developing central districts of Tamil Nadu, the Deputy Chairman of CII – Southern Region and Managing Director, Taylor Rubber Pvt. Ltd., T.T. Ashok, said on Thursday.
“The DDP aims at enhancing over-all development of the districts, with thrust on education, agriculture, infrastructure and entrepreneurship. The CII will also bring a report on ‘Infrastructure Needs of Central Districts of Tamil Nadu that have tremendous potential ,” Mr. Ashok said, addressing a press conference.
The CII – Southern Region, has adopted the theme: Economic Well-being for All – An Agenda for Business, for the current year in line with the national theme: Business for Livelihood.
With key focus on policy interventions, the CII would help in building sustainable enterprises, leading to job creation and improving the livelihood of the masses, he said.
Southern States that account for close to 26 per cent of India's GDP (Gross Domestic Product) by virtue of serving as the ideal destination of 21 per cent of the country's FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) flows, the CII would moot for State-level manufacturing policies for simplifying clearances and approval mechanisms, encouraging green manufacturing and fast-tracking infrastructure, said Mr. Ashok.
In Tamil Nadu, the CII would have an engagement with the State Manufacturing Competitiveness Council established to enhance and sustain competitive edge of the manufacturing sector.
Setting up of Tamil Nadu Export Competitiveness Committee, proposal for LNG terminal in Chennai, and setting up of Chennai-Bangalore Industrial Corridor were some of the other initiatives in Tamil Nadu, he said.
Expressing concern over stagnation in agriculture, Mr. Ashok said there was a need for better quality in the areas of technology and inputs; research and extension; supply chain management; market linkages and optimal and sustainable use of land, besides right regulatory framework for prosperity of farmers. “The aim is to achieve a four per cent sustained growth in the agriculture sector,” he said. Mr. Ashok assured that the proposal for a Food Park in Musiri in Tiruchi district would be taken forward .
The CII was piloting technology-enabled modules in vocational education validated by industry for large-scale deployment of skilled workforce.
Skills would be developed through Industrial Training Institutes and schools. Under Modular Employment Scheme, 25,000 trained youth would be assessed for NCVT (National Council for Vocational Training) certification. The CII would continue to enhance competitiveness of MSMES that constitutes 75 per cent of CII's membership in Southern Region with thrust on manufacturing and business promotion initiatives.
S. Gopinath, Chairman of CII Tiruchi Zone and S. Chandra Kumar, Vice-Chairman were present.