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CII Proposes Six-Point Agenda for Inclusive & Sustainable Development of TN Print E-mail
Written by Viswanath   
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
CII - Tamil Nadu agenda for 2009-2010

Chennai: Mr C K Ranganathan, Chairman, Tamil Nadu State Council, CII said that CII has chosen the theme -  "Building a Competitive, Inclusive, Innovative & Sustainable Tamil Nadu" for 2009-10 to make Tamil Nadu a leader in economic and social development. Mr Ranganathan said that CII would work closely with the Government of Tamil Nadu on a six point agenda for ensuring a balanced and sustainable development.  The focus areas included; healthcare for all, strengthening public distribution system, skills & quality education for all, balanced industrial development, unleashing the spirit of innovation and environment.

Mr Ranganathan said that CII is actively taking part with the Government of Tamil Nadu at various policy level interactions. It is closely associated with the State Government's IT Task Force, Task Force on Skills and Industries, ITI upgradation and Southern Prosperity through Enhanced Economic Development.

Some of the new initiatives of CII and GoTN partnership include: the promotion of ICT Academy of Tamil Nadu, Chennai Aero Park, Tamil Nadu Manufacturing Competitiveness Council and Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative, besides joint measures to improve the Public Distribution System in Tamil Nadu. CII will engage media to encourage the "Spirit of Entrepreneurship in Tamil Nadu" and to promote "Brand TN", he said.

On the ways to improve better control and co-ordination of Public Distribution System, Mr Ranganathan said that CII proposes to set up Tamil Nadu Public Distribution Department to control end to end managing of PDS, introduce process and procedure simplification and automation, assess Service Quality Index, improve shop interior and train PDS manpower.

He said that CII recomends the formulation of a High Level Committee by the State Government to assess the framework of the Indian and global systems of education and identify critical factors contributing to their success or failure, besides evaluating global and Indian benchmarks to determine standards in delivering quality education.

As for developing skills, CII-TN urges the need for creating a single window system to enable integration of resources of the various funding avenues of the Government. Career guidance should be instituted for different streams of vocational education, advocacy on modular employment and thrust on soft skills should be taken up through the existing state skills mission, he said.

Mr Ranganathan said that CII-TN will work with the Government for the formation of Tamil Nadu Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (TNMCC) to enable balanced industrial development. CII wants the government to set up Aero Park that could create 100,000 jobs for the educated and qualified people. CII points out the need to get one big ticket investment in South of Madurai to promote rapid industrial development of Southern Tamil Nadu.

To unleash the spirit of innovation in the State, CII proposes to come up with incentives for small and medium industries. CII stresses the need to create business incubators in educational institutions across the states for the use of students as well as budding entrepreneurs. CII will come up with a special publication on "Angels & Incubators" and a profile publication on "ICT industry in Tamil Nadu".

On the environment front, CII is promoting E-LAWN (Energy, Land, Air, Water & Noise) initiative that would strive to make Chennai as one of the five cleanest cities in India with the largest green cover, best ambient air quality, city with most efficient water recycling and conservation practices and a city with most efficient use of energy.

CII would also bring out Study Reports on Agri Sector in Tamil Nadu covering the key aspects including emerging trends and opportunities for Tamil Nadu and innovative & high value farm practices.

Mr Ranganathan said that TN Members contribute to 38% of Tamil Nadu's GDP.  He said that with 1240 members CII-TN has the largest membership base. The membership grew at 54% in 2001-2009 and is expected to grow at 33% in 2009-10. The agenda for Action comprises enhancing the quality of membership, linking nearby districts and establishing New Zones / Districts

Some of the major events of CII-TN included; CONNECT 2009, Chennai; SPEED 2010, Madurai; Agricon 2009, Trichy; Conference on Home Textiles, Karur; Explore Export 2009, Thoothukudi; Connect Coimbatore, Coimbatore and Agri Conclave 2009, Erode.

Ms R Nandini, Vice Chairperson, CII Tamil Nadu was also present at the Press Conference.

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