Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry E M Sudarsana Nachiappan said that as many as 15 to 16 development schemes were pending for clearance by the State Government.

“Hope the Tamil Nadu Government clears the pending proposals soon,” he told newspersons here on Saturday.

Nachiappan was in the city at an interactive meeting with the various industry associations here. The meeting was organised by the apex body of textile mills in the South – SIMA (The Southern India Mills Association).

Industry representatives placed their demands with the Minister during the two-hour long session.

The demands included waiver of Cenvat, request for making the DGFT documentation more simple and hassle-free, some relief in repayment of loans and modification of the NREGA scheme to address the issue of labour shortage, among others.

The Minister later told presspersons that the schemes that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government implemented were demand-driven. “There are no constraints to funding. The allocation is adequate. Since the schemes are demand-driven, the earlier the projects are implemented by the State Governments, the chance of getting more funds sanctioned will be for sure,” he said citing the take-off of various projects in Coimbatore.

Regarding the National Investment for Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) project, which required the respective State Government’s nod with regard to land acquisition, Nachiappan said that few State Governments such as Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra had given the green signal for the project and in those states the project was proceeding at a feverish pace.

“NIMZ is based on the SEZ (Special Economic Zone) model to boost manufacturing. The project requires large tracts of non-agricultural lands for setting up of manufacturing hubs,” he explained and pointed out that the TN Government could easily come forward to support the project because some of its features were in line with the State Government’s Vision 2023.

Nachiappan suggested formation of a three-member team by Coimbatore industrialists to study the NIMZ project and how they could liaise with the Government in this regard.

(This article was published on July 14, 2013)
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