Telangana government and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) have decided to form a joint consultative forum as a measure to facilitate industrial growth.

An announcement in this regard was made at the CII southern region council meeting here on Saturday, which Industries Minister K.T. Rama Rao and Chief Secretary S.K. Joshi addressed.

Besides the Minister and Chief Secretary, the forum would have principal secretaries to key departments and about 6-7 industry representatives as its members.

While finer details would be available once a formal agreement is inked, for now, the thinking is that the forum would have 12 members and convene meeting once every three months to discuss issues pertaining to industries, sources in CII said.

Mr. Rama Rao welcomed the idea of setting-up of the Government-CII Consultative Forum.

“It will definitely help increase industrial activity and investments into the State,” he said. A CII statement on the meeting said the Minister called for efforts for the forum to be institutionalised at the earliest to work on specific issues.

Ambitious projects

In his address, Mr. Rao said the State government maintained its focus on growth in agriculture, infrastructure as well as trade and industry. He detailed several ambitious projects, including Mission Kakatiya for rejuvenation of water bodies; Mission Bhagiratha for supply of protected drinking water to all households; Haritha Haram project to increase green cover; T-Fibre programme to provide internet connectivity; as well as the Rythu Bandhu investment support scheme for over 58 lakh farmers, updation of land records and the Rythu Beema scheme, which would be launched on August 15.

Mr. Rao also highlighted how the State was power-surplus and supplying uninterrupted power to industries, households and for agriculture. On industrial activity, he said that the new industrial policy coupled with TS-iPass had been able to attract over Rs. 1.24 lakh crore investment over the past three years and generated direct employment of over 5.27 lakh and twice as much in terms of indirect employment opportunities.

The Chief Secretary said that the State government was focused on holistic sustainable development and improvements in the areas of school education and healthcare.

Chairman of CII-SR R. Dinesh complimented the efforts of the State government in providing best services to the industry, focusing on infrastructure development and social development.

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