Tamil Nadu to announce major investment policies

January 21st, 2011 - 7:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Jan 21 (IANS) In an attempt to attract fresh investments in technology and industrial sectors, the Tamil Nadu government will soon announce new sector-specific policies, a top official said Friday.He said the government will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Saturday with the Japanese ministry of economy, trade and industry (METI) to explore investment opportunities in infrastructure projects in public-private partnership mode.

“We have the draft policies for these sectors and it is being deliberated in the state manufacturing council. The final policy for the five sectors is expected to be announced in a month’s time,” Rajeev Ranjan, principal secretary of industries department, told reporters.

Speaking to reporters on the margins of an industrial summit, he said the first meeting of the state manufacturing council is being held here and the draft policies will soon be finalised.

Queried as to what the state government would offer as some of the sectors have already a separate policy, Ranjan said: “We will look at fiscal incentives as well as the entire eco system in a comprehensive way.”

Asked about the proposed policy for the automotive sector, he said the state will come out with specific policy for component and vehicle makers.

“We may add some more investment layers for getting the tax incentives and may revise the incentive structure,” Rajan said.

Speaking about the MoU with METI, he said around 80 projects have been identified for collaboration with the Japanese companies who are interested in the public-private partnership mode.

The Japanese have expressed their interest in developing the Chennai-Bangalore industrial corridor project, which envisages building six-lane roads, a high speed rail network and industrial estates along the route.

According to Ranjan, the state government is also in the process of setting up the Visionary Leaders for Manufacturing (VLFM) institute in the state with a corpus of around Rs.2 crore.

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