Sizzling SEZs: South India tops in India
Among southern states, Andhra Pradesh is on the top of the table with a maximum number of 32 operational special economic zones (SEZs) followed by Tamil Nadu (22), Karnataka (20) and Kerala (7), according to the latest government data.
The sector-wise data shows that out of 130 operational SEZs, an overwhelming 75 of them relate to IT/ITeS and electronic hardware.
"An investment of Rs 1.95 lakh crore has been made in SEZs," Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Jyotiraditya Scindia said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
In all, 582 SEZ proposals have been approved, while 374 have been notified.
"A total of 130 SEZs have commenced exports," he said. The sector-wise analysis shows that the SEZ scheme became very popular with the IT/ITeS and electronic hardware sector.
One of the reasons for the rush of these sectors in SEZs was stated to be the sunset clause on earlier schemes like Software Technology Parks of India (STPI).
The tax exemptions on STPI are coming to an end at the end of the current financial year.
While uncertainty about tax exemptions has also gripped the SEZ promoters, the Commerce Ministry is lobbying hard for the continuation of the benefits to the SEZs, which are contributing 26 per cent of the the country's total exports.
Besides, the southern states, Gujarat and Maharashtra have also been pro-active in development
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