Kerala civic bodies to compete for investments

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Thiruvananthapuram | Published: January 23, 2018 6:12:31 AM

Corporations, municipalities and panchayats in Kerala would face a tough competition among each other in winning industrial investment. This would be the “business-friendly environment” that the Pinarayi Vijayan government envisages to usher in the state, according to Kerala governor P Sathasivam’s address to the state Assembly on the opening day of Budget session.

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Corporations, municipalities and panchayats in Kerala would face a tough competition among each other in winning industrial investment. This would be the “business-friendly environment” that the Pinarayi Vijayan government envisages to usher in the state, according to Kerala governor P Sathasivam’s address to the state Assembly on the opening day of Budget session. “Local bodies are being encouraged to promote entrepreneurial activity,” P Sathasivam said. “It is hoped that they will eventually compete among themselves like the local governments in China, wooing potential investors by offering them a business-friendly environment to start and run industries,” he said. Kerala has simplified clearances to start new ventures by recent amendments in its statutes. The Single Window Clearance mechanism can now issue licences. Private industrial estates will be welcomed. The state would be made more “business-friendly”, “without compromising on labour and environmental standards”. Kerala has been toying with a plan to set up a ‘World Skills Lyceum’ that will foster research, initiatives and innovation to prepare youth for tomorrow’s jobs. Work on two major highways, costing Rs 10,000 crore is to start this fiscal, harnessing its NRI resources.

Quoting Amartya Sen, the Kerala governor said governance should push social development and that Kerala has been topping the country in literacy, health indices, population-proportionate allotment to SC/ST development, law and order, quality of life, total electrification and transgender policy. Some of the recent firsts have been declaration of access to internet as a right to citizens. The governor’s address flayed a month-long vilification media campaign across India “by some communal outfits” that undermines the communal harmony of the state and lauded the Keralites who stood up against the abusive hashtags in one force. There has been no instance of communal riot, he said. Meanwhile, after the governor’s 89-minutes speech ended, the distributed copies showed that he had skipped parts of the the speech, prepared for him by Kerala’s LDF government. Sathasivam, who was appointed governor after NDA came to power in Centre, had reportedly omitted to read out the parts, which spoke about Centre usurping the federal structure to deal directly with local bodies.

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