Hyderabad: Industry body CII will enhance its advocacy channels to ensure that Telangana continues to remain the investment destination. It will particularly focus on enhancing as well as creating employment opportunities in manufacturing, services and agriculture, according D Raju, the newly elected chairman of CII Telangana.
“Telangana has been an investment magnet in the last four-and-half years. The credit for this goes to the proactive Government. Now, we will form sector-wise councils and make a pitch for more investments,” he said.
According to him, Telangana has a large number of small and medium enterprises. They are also the largest employment generators. “There is scope to increase their productivity and thereby increase the employment potential,” said Raju about the areas that the industry body will focus on.
Raju finds a helping hand in Krishna Bodanapu, Chief Executive Officer of Cyient, who is now the vice-chairman of the State chapter of CII. “I come from manufacturing side and Krishna from services. We will work to improve these areas,” he said adding that more than 40 per cent of the workforce in the State is in agri and allied areas and about 28-30 per cent in the services sectors.
It will also intervene in the skilling and training of manpower. “There are some missing links in the skills sets that industry wants. We will bridge these gaps,” he said. It will also focus on adopting good practices for cutting the cost of doing business in Telangana along with promoting the efforts of Telangana in promoting ease of doing business in the State.
“We will form district level plans highlighting the strengths of each district. These will be of help to the Government in positioning Telangana as a right choice for investors,” he said. CII had earlier made a blueprint for Warangal. Now, a vision document for Nizamabad will be done shortly. “We want development to happen in Tier II cities as well and just in Hyderabad and surrounding areas,” he said.
Among others, CII will look to popularise the use of solar energy, including roof top panels. “Telangana State has done well to ensure 24/7 power supply year after year. This has boosted the industrial activity in the State. We will ask our members to adopt good energy conservation practices,” the newly elected chairman said.
On the CSR spends, CII will advocate its members to align their spending in a way that will enhance access to education and health. “Development is a continuous journey. We will build on the foundation that has already been laid,” he said talking about initiatives taken by his predecessors.