‘State attracts Rs 9,127-crore investment’

The state government has been able to attract investment to the tune of Rs 9,127 crore in the past two years in the industrial sector, Industries Minister A C Moideen said in the Assembly on Tuesday.

Published: 04th April 2018 04:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th April 2018 04:59 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state government has been able to attract investment to the tune of Rs 9,127 crore in the past two years in the industrial sector, Industries Minister A C Moideen said in the Assembly on Tuesday.

In his reply following the discussion on the Kerala Investment Promotion and Facilitation Bill, 2018, he said the investments have come through multiple sources, including KINFRA, KSIDC and the small-scale industrial sector. The Assembly passed the Kerala Investment Promotion and Facilitation Bill, 2018, on Tuesday. Amendments were made to seven existing laws including the Kerala Shops and Commercial Establishments Act, 1960, and the Kerala Headload Workers’ Act, 1978.

Through the enactment of this bill, the government aims at avoiding delays in granting various licences, permissions, approvals and clearances required under existing laws. Complaints about headload workers, Moideen said, should not be generalised. Isolated incidents occur in other sectors as well, he said.

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