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Chief Minister promises aerospace, defence policy, GIM in 2018

The state would soon come out with an aerospace and a defence policy aimed at benefiting companies planning to invest in these two sectors, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy said on Saturday.

Chief Minister promises aerospace, defence policy, GIM in 2018
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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy

Chennai

“I am happy to inform that the state government, along with Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation, is engaged in setting up an aerospace park on 267 acres in Sriperumbudur,” he said. “As a next step, a new aerospace and defence sector policy will be released soon,” the Chief Minister said at the third edition of the Southern Regional Council Meeting, organised by industry body CII here. 

Referring to 98 MoUs that attracted Rs 2.42 lakh crore investments in the maiden Global Investor Meet held in 2015 by the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, he said 61 projects worth Rs 62,738 crore are in various stages of implementation. “Through this initiative, 76,777 new jobs have been created,” he said. 

Palanisamy said the second edition of the event would be conducted in 2018 following the success of GIM 2015. On the status of Foreign Direct Investments in the state, Palanisamy said Tamil Nadu attracted Rs 1.25 lakh crore of FDI between May 2011 and December 2016. As per information provided by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy, the assured total number of investments in the state between 2011-17 was Rs 3,07,457 lakh crore, he said. 

To facilitate ease of doing business, the state would soon come out with a single window clearance facility, he said. “If required, suitable laws will be enacted in this regard,” he assured.

EPS to inaugurate Pudukkottai medical college on June 9 

Announcing that Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy will inaugurate the new medical college at Pudukkottai on June 9, Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said that arrangements are under way to admit 150 students in the current academic year itself. He further said that the state health department is making efforts to provide free fertility treatment for women in 13 government medical hospitals across the state. 

“This scheme will cost a total of Rs 10 crore. It is being mooted to provide recourse to people of all walks of life to have access to fertility treatment, which has been only with private practitioners and they charge a high price for the same,” the Minister added. On Friday, the Minister inspected the newly built medical college buildings at Pudukkottai. He said that the structure has come up in a record time of 10 months in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the MCI.

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