TN will emerge best state by 2025: Stalin

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Chennai, Apr 12: Tamil Nadu would face all challenges and emerge as the best state among the competing neighbours by 2025, Local Administration Minister M K Stalin said here today. Releasing the 'Tamil Nadu Vision 2025' document at the inaugural session of the Tamil Nadu Vision Summit, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Minister said the state was ready to lend a helping hand to the CII for attaining the goal.

Pointing out the consistent growth in the state's IT sector, he said the software exports had touched Rs 26,000 crore and there was no doubt that Tamil Nadu would achieve balanced growth in all sectors.

During 2006-2007, the total domestic production in Tamil Nadu reached Rs 2.5 trillion, he said, adding ''if we calculate the contribution of Public and Private Sectors in the state, it would equal the total input of Norway.'' Urbanisation, increase in literacy rate, better education and infrastructure were some of the factors that had contributed to the economic growth. However, poor infrastructure, lack of equality, inclusive growth and sustainability of environment had affected the growth of economy.

CII Chairman for Tamil Nadu State Council Gopal Srinivasan said the state had managed to bring several changes in the past. But there were areas where system needs to be put in place to manage rampant urbanisation.

The vision document sought to identify the critical development challenges the state was facing and set out a goal-oriented vision backed by an action plan for each identified challenge, Mr Stalin said.

''We don't claim that the laying out of this Vision Document is a perfect job, but we think that it is a perfect start,'' he added.

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