Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government is keen on setting
up a joint task force on IT, comprising of representatives
of the government and the Confederation of Indian Industry
(CII) to promote Tamil Nadu as an investment destination.
task force may also consider branding of the IT sector
in Tamil Nadu in view of professional skills and aptitude
of talent pool available here," said Dayanidhi Maran,
union minister of Communications & Information Technology.
the captains of the industry at the National Council Meeting
of the CII, Maran said that the state government is committed
towards upgrading the infrastructure.
said that though growth of the industry and services has
largely been confined to the bigger cities, the government
is looking at tier II and III cities to sustain the competitive
He also said the state government has a comprehensive
plan to decongest the western corridor of Chennai through
a set of projects being executed by National Highways
Authority of India. The Government will create new mega
cities to take off the stress from the existing cities.
He said that broadband connectivity is going to be made
available in about 400 towns in the state by the end of
The minister also said that there is a need to create
an international institute to hone the IT edge on the
lines of Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT)
in Tamil Nadu and to set up a Tamil Nadu IT Fund, which
will catalyse the setting up of start-up projects for
the IT industry.
Earlier R Seshasayee, president, CII, said that CII is
working closely with the central and state governments
to enable the manufacturing
sector to achieve 10 per cent growth. He also said that
CII-TVS Centre of Responsive Corporate Citizenship will
be set up in Chennai at the cost of Rs6 crore in the next