Chennai, Nov 23:
India Today publications group has honoured Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Edappadi K.Palaniswami for all around growth in the state. Vice president presented the four awards to Palaniswami at a function in New Delhi.
Accepting the award he said that it is fitting that, Tamil Nadu is being recognized, as the best performing
State in the categories of “Overall Performance”, “Maintenance of Law & Order” and “Tourism” by an important group of the National Media.
I am proud to say – I come from a farmer’s family and thanks to the training I received for 33 years from my mentor,former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, I reached this level. He pointed out that , in the past 3 decades, Tamil Nadu’s economy has registered the strongest and sustained economic growth among all States.
It has, become the second largest State economy in India, contributing 8.4 percent to India’s GDP. Tamil Nadu is one of the few States to reduce poverty at a rate faster than the All India average. This was possible, because of the vision, far-sighted policy making and an effective implementation record.
The State’s Human Development Index is the second highest among large States and much higher than the national average because of the consistent level of social sector expenditure in the areas of Health, Education, Nutrition, Welfare of Women and Children, Welfare of the Differently Abled, Welfare of the Scheduled Castes and Tribes and Social Security. We have today, one of the, best educated and skilled work force, in the country. The Composite Education Development Index, places Tamil Nadu at the Number One position. The Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher education in Tamil Nadu is the highest at 48.60 percent.
With a population of 7.2 crore, of which 80% are literate, and nearly 50% urbanised, Tamil Nadu is an innovation based economy, with a strong performance in manufacturing and services.
Tamil Nadu has ensured consistent investments in infrastructure.
Investments in the electricity sector, by our revered leader Jayalalithaa ensured that the, State which had a huge power deficit in 2011, became a power surplus State by 2016. Major investments have also been made in the Road, Urban Development, Transport and related sectors.High quality skilled human resources, and infrastructure have made Tamil Nadu a very attractive investment destination. Tamil Nadu attracts the third highest Foreign Direct Investment, in the country.
Recently,the International consultancy firm “Frost and Sullivan” and NCAER have ranked Tamil Nadu as a leading State in investment potential. Tamil Nadu has more number of factories and largest employment in Industry. Tamil Nadu’s industrial base is diversified and holds the leading position in – Textiles, Leather, Automobiles and Auto Components,
Heavy and Light Engineering, Electronics Manufacture, Information Technology and Information Technology Enabled Services, and Health Care.
The share of services sector in the economy is one of the highest in India. We are the leaders in renewable energy. Our effort will be to make a breakthrough in emerging and sunrise sectors. We aim to lead in bio technology, information and communication technology and the most modern techniques of manufacture.
Recently, we have formulated a new Environment Policy, an e- Governance Policy, an Eco-Tourism policy, an Information Communication Technology Policy, State Forest Policy, Youth Policy and Food Processing Policy. Policies in other critical sectors will also be announced to provide clarity and guidance to investors.
The Tamil Nadu Business Facilitation Act, 2018, has ensured that business enterprises are given mandatory clearances within 30 days, failing which deemed clearances are accorded. Following up on the success of the Global Investors’ Meet held in 2015, the next Global Investors’ meet is to be held on 23rd and 24th January, 2019 in Chennai.
Tamil Nadu has a rare model of development, which is business friendly even as it ensures that adequate attention and funding is provided for welfare.
The State’s health indicators are amongst the best in the country and is ranked amongst the top three States in the “Healthy State Progressive India” Report of the NITI Aayog. Tamil Nadu is the most sought after health care destination in India.
Some believe that Tamil Nadu’s welfare schemes are populist in
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