Supplementary PointsInfrastructure:

Build infrastructure to create an enabling and facilitative environment. Identify, prioritise andimplement the infrastructure projects for better connectivity to port and airport.

Specific concerns with regard to Infrastructure includes

• EMRIP – (Ennore Manali Road Improvement Project) to be completed soon. It takes average 15 hours to reach Chennai Port for the Containers from Manali CFS.
• Maduravoyal Corridor – link to Chennai Port – to be completed on a priority basis Ensure energy security; improve availability of natural gas
• Approach from Madavaram to Ennore Port to be developed from existing 4 lanes to 6 lanes to ensure free flow of container movements
• Railway connectivity from Sriperumbudur/Maraimalai Nagar to Chennai Sea Port is to be explored (as Railway lines are already exists) which would help in reduction of transactions cost substantially
• Roads, lighting, power and water infrastructure in Industrial Estates to be well developed and maintained
• Expansion of metro connectivity connecting, Sri City, Sriperumbudur, OMR and ECR.
• Roads to be laid without increasing the height and with proper water outlets
• City infrastructure like pavements, roads, crossings, to be comfortable for all citizens including the seniors, differently -abled and children.

Transparency:

Improve e-Governance and IT interface between the Government and business/citizens to improve Ease of doing Business.

• Reduce human intervention and increase transparency in dealing with the government.
• Government can project its action plan, investments, approvals, VAT approvals and other Industry related approvals through the Portal in a transparent manner, which would help the investors to understand the present industrial situation in Tamil Nadu.

MSME:

Protect the interests of the MSMEs and foster their growth

• Reinstate Purchase and Price Preference to MSMEs
• Plan sanction for TANSIDCO industrial Plots/ Sheds to be done by TANSIDCO and not by the local authorities.
• TANSIDCO to allot plots/sheds at affordable prices to the MSMEs and not on Market price.

Our State has the maximum number of SMEs who cater to the needs of big manufacturing establishments by being part of their supply chain. However, due to policy issues such as taxation, power, lack of infrastructure, connectivity issues, increase in compliance and working capital and other interrelated problems, the MSMEs find it difficult to meet the needs of big manufacturing units and hence there is disruption in services rendered. This leads to big manufacturing units shifting their operations to other States which will lead to tremendous impact on the growth of MSME’s in the State.

Industry – Government Interface:

All the Chambers in Chennai, particularly established the Madras Chamber which is a 180 year old industrial association has huge number of corporate as members in the Chamber. Corporate has issues/concerns while dealing with the Government, particularly in the areas of taxes, finance, approvals, power, pollution control, infrastructure etc. It would be ideal to have a common platform to highlight their issues and problems to the Government by the Chambers. We appeal to the Chief Minister to meet the Chambers periodically for the betterment of Industries and the State.

In the post liberal era, TN has witnessed a big explosion in the growth of auto and IT sectors. The new Government should identify the next set of sectors that would thrive in the domestic and export markets in the coming years. It could be agro based industries, aero space, electronic hardware, and defence and formulate policies for supporting their growth.

To make Chennai highly resilient and deal with disaster, it would be ideal to maintain the water bodies and have proper drainage and storm water drains in the city. Further, Strict measure to reduce use of plastic and an efficient solid waste management system that provides recognition and dignity to people who work in garbage removal.

Conclusion

The Madras Chamber would be grateful, if the Government could consider the recommendations given above in the upcoming budget and while formulating new policies, regulations for realizing the State’s vision of inclusive growth through investment inflows, growth in employment, balanced regional development and environmentally sustainable long term development. The Madras Chamber would be happy to associate with the Government of Tamil Nadu in its mission to take the State to the “Numero Uno” position and would participate actively in the promotion and growth of the Industries.

31st May 2016


Industry Wish List To The Government Of Tamil Nadu
by
Mr. S.G. Prabhakharan, President, Mcci

The Madras Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI) conveys its hearty wishes to the Hon’ble Chief Minister Selvi J Jayalalithaa for the glorious victory in the recent TN Elections 2016.

The President of the Madras Chamber, Members of the General Committee, Members of the Expert Committees and the Members of the Chamber jointly convey their congratulations for the wonderful success & victory.

MCCI opines that with her re-election and becoming the CM of Tamil Nadu once again, the stage is set for fulfilment of the targets of Vision 2023 and GIM 2015. Historically, Tamil Nadu has punched above its size in the economic sweepstakes at the national level, and the opportunity is ripe for Tamil Nadu to make its mark at the international level as well.

As one of the oldest chambers of commerce & industry, MCCI feels that a special focus on the following agenda will project Tamil Nadu’s business friendly environment and its competitiveness as a leading investment destination in Asia:

Extending a whole hearted support to implementation of GST:

Besides being a leading manufacturing state of India, TN is also a state that leads in value addition and final consumption of goods and services. Therefore, implementation of GST will help TN consolidate its growth even as India becomes a unified market. There are several interim and pre-requisite steps for the smooth implementation of GST, for which MCCI would be willing to provide the necessary inputs and feedback from industry to the Government.

Power:

Power situation in Tamil Nadu has improved tremendously in the past few years and industry looks forward to a sustainable uninterrupted 24 X 365 supply in the years ahead. A few years back, Tamil Nadu’s Electricity Board was the best in the country, but it has since lost that position. MCCI feels that TANGEDCO should be speedily restructured to regain its prime position in the country, so that industrial progress of the state continues unhindered. Besides the Power industry, MCCI urges the Government of Tamil Nadu to accelerate the investment under Infrastructure for Ports, Roads, Industrial townships, modern cities, and Water aggregating to Rs 15 lakh crore over the next decade.

Skill Development:

Speedy implementation of Vision 2023, in particular, the programmes on Skill Development, making SMEs vibrant, and establishing Tamil Nadu as the leading innovation centre of India. Tamil Nadu has the largest number of SME units in the country and arguably the best educated workforce as well. On top of this, Tamil Nadu also has the highest number of higher educational institutions in the country, all of which make it a prime candidate for becoming the knowledge capital of India.

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