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Call to make Tiruchi as second capital

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Tiruchi District Tiny and Small Scale Industries’ Association (TIDITSSIA) has urged the State government to make Tiruchi the second capital of the State.

Citing the desire of late Chief Minister MGR’s desire to develop Tiruchi by according it the status of a capital city, TIDITSSIA president N. Kanagasabapathy and secretary S. Punniyamoorthy said the government must hold at least one Assembly session in Tiruchi every year. The State government must ensure that at least 20% investment was routed to the Tiruchi region after the Global Investor Meet 2019.

The forum called for creation of a right eco-system for development of the region through operation of daily day-train services to Coimbatore and Bengaluru, establishment of Directorate General of Foreign Trade branch in Tiruchi, and upgrading the cargo division at Tiruchi International Airport to global standards.

The capacity to export fruits and vegetables must be augmented and the customs procedures simplified, a resolution adopted at its annual general meeting said.

The association also called upon the government to issue an early order for formation of a Special Purpose Vehicle to establish the Trade Centre.

The Ring Road project on which the success of the Trade Centre hinges must be executed quickly, another resolution said.

The meeting also called for expansion of the ELCOT’s IT Park in Navalpattu.

A thrust for the textile sector through establishment of the proposed Textile Park at Manaparai, and provision of subsidy benefits for manufacture of ‘korai’ mats, handloom and powerloom products, and readymade garments to strengthen rural economy.

Rural youth must be imparted skills through training programmes of Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, District Industries Centre and Tamil Nadu Industrial Investment Corporation to avail the utility of Unemployed Youth Employment Generation Programme, Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme, and New Entrepreneur cum Enterprise Development Scheme, and other schemes, they said.


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