The call made by Tiruchi District Tiny and Small Scale Industries' Association (TIDITSSIA) for making Tiruchi the second capital of the State has struck a chord with the industrial community.

Emphasising that a Secretariat Bench in Tiruchi would result in tremendous economic push to the entire central region, the TIDITSSIA has suggested that a Minister be posted here exclusively to coordinate with all other departments to bring about the intended economic transformation.

The need for people from the central districts to travel to Chennai will be obviated to a large extent. The presence of Madurai High Court Bench at a comfortable distance would serve as a complementary factor, the TIDTISSIA believes.

Since Chief Minister Jayalalithaa represents Srirangam constituency, a secretariat bench functioning as the CM's camp office will hold a higher significance, the association president S. Sridharan said. Attributes of an international airport, vantage location and presence of quality educational institutions qualify Tiruchi for the status of second capital, he explained.

While there is no dearth of blue collared jobs, thanks to the presence of BHEL, the two ordnance factories, Golden Rock workshop, Cethar Limited, and other industries, a push to the IT sector will create opportunities for white collared jobs, according to the industrial community.

“Once the Chief Minister invites top IT players to start operations from Tiruchi, other developments will fall in place,” said K. Subburaj, Chairman, Cethar Limited.

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