New policy aims major developments: M F Farooqui

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Chennai, Dec 1 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Industries Department Secretary M F Farooqui today said enhancing the quality of infrastructure, development of select industrial corridors, thrust on agri-business and skills training were the major focus areas of the 'New Industrial Policy' of the state.

Participating in an exclusive interaction with members of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here, he said the defining features of the recently announced New Industry Policy, 'a broad statement of intent of the state', was clearly enhancing the quality of infrastructure in terms of improving roads, ports, airports, telecom connectivity, and power.

Mr Farooqui said steps were being taken to add installed capacity of power generation to strengthen the power situation in the State.

He said the Government is introducing 'merchant power' scheme that provides open access for private players to setup power plants and market it commercially.

He said the city needs more International air connectivity.

Hence, the State Government was giving more priority to the development of new International Airport, for which the land had been identified.

Mr Farooqui said the Government was keen to introduce a mechanism to measure administrative efficiency, which is the need of the hour with certain deliverables and indicators such as time for approval of projects to promote Industrial growth and accountability.


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