TN Govt to set up SEZs in backward areas

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Chennai, Mar 20: The Tamil Nadu Government has proposed to set up four Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in industrially-backward areas of the State, with the objective that industrial development must not be confined to cities only.

Presenting the budget for the year 2008-09 in the Assembly today, Finance Minister K Anbazhagan said that with the aim of having equitable industrial development across the State, the Government had proposed to establish a transport engineering goods SEZ in 255 acres at Gangaikondan in Tirunelveli district, automobile and auto spare parts SEZ in 255 acres at Cheyyar in Tiruvannamalai district, engineering goods SEZ in 263 acres at Perunthuram in Erode district and leather sector SEZ in 260 acres at Ranipet in Vellore district.

He said 32 SEZs have been approved in Tamil Nadu so far and 29 of them have been notified by the Centre.

''Efforts are being taken to establish multi-product SEZs at Nanguneri in Tirunelveli district, Krishnagiri, Perambalur and Ennore,'' the Minister informed, adding that employment opportunities would increase significantly once all these SEZs became functional.

Mr Anbazhagan disclosed that a new information technology park would be set up in Vellore by ELCOT in partnership with the private sector in the coming fiscal. He pointed out that software exports had surged by 46 per cent to Rs 21,000 crore during 2007, compared to the previous year's figures of Rs 14,400 crore.

Mr Anbazhagan informed that the e-District programme for computerisation of the District Collector's office would be implemented in Coimbatore, Tiruvarur, Krishnagiri, Perambalur and Ariyalur.

''With a view to enable rural people to use internet to acccess information issued by the Government, 5,440 Common Service Centre (CSC) will be established across the State in the next fiscal,'' he said.

He informed that a new information technology policy, designed to sustain IT growth in the future years and make Tamil Nadu the leading State in the IT sector, would be announced shortly.

UNI

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