Kerala industry welcomes PM’s ‘Make in India’ with caution

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Trivandrum: The industry at-large in Kerala has welcomed Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ campaign but with a word of caution. Even while terming the PM’s initiative as positive, they have opined that what is good for India need not be good for Kerala.

This was the key takeaway from the discussions and deliberations with the stake holders at a session organised by CII Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram, after the launch of the ‘Make in India’ campaign by the PM.

Dr. K R S Krishnan, Director, Technical & Operations, HLL Lifecare spoke of the measures required to make domestic companies to be a part of the global value chain. He said that huge gaps existed between R&D and commercial production and urged the industry to bridge the valley. This will provide an impetus to industrialization and manufacturing in Kerala and can be made an integral component of the ‘Make in India’ campaign.

Prof. S Rajeev, Director, Asian School of Business touched upon the measures required for skill building while focusing on manufacturing and emerging industries. We should also focus on what fits our core competencies like IPR development and commercialisation, traditional care and knowledge systems.”

T Balakrishnan, MD of INKEL spoke on the steps required to be undertaken at the State level for improvement of ease of doing business. He said that red-tapeism and bureaucracy was the major block in the State’s progress citing the examples of initiatives like single window clearance which has failed miserably in Kerala. He also added that our strength is in services and we should focus only on niche areas of manufacturing.

B G Sreedevi, Director, NATPAC gave an insight into how Kerala can become an integral part of the three proposed industrial corridors in South India.

Participating in the discussion, few of the industrialists sounded cynical about the tragic and sadist situation in Kerala saying that doing business in Kerala is next to impossible and that the Kerala leadership has to learn a lot from the PM’s insights.

Summing up, Nandakumar K, Chairman, CII Thiruvananthapuram Zone & President & CEO, SunTec Business Solutions said that the Prime Minister has set the expectations high but when you come to the ground reality, there is a significant disconnect.

P Ganesh, Past Chairman, CII Kerala State Council & ED, Glass & Glazing Systems; Thomas John Muthoot, Vice Chairman, CII Thiruvananthapuram Zone Chairman & MD, Muthoot Fincorp were among those present.

Anil Philip
Kerala Biz News

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