Don't worry about labour unrest: Chandy

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said on Friday that labour unrests are a thing of the past in Kerala and asked investors not to worry about further agitations.

“The most quoted concern about Kerala is its labour unrest. Thankfully, it has become a thing of the past over the last few decades. The labour environment is now much better than the rest of India,” he said, while speaking at a business meet held here, ahead of the global investors meet in Kochi, scheduled to take place from September 12 to 14.

Chandy also revealed that the government had chalked out a programme to double power generation as part of its 12th five year plan—among other steps. “We are in the pr­ocess of launching a massive skill development programme so that our educated skilled labour increases every year,” he said.

“The government has also identified about 1,600 hectares of land where industries can be set up immediately.”

Kerala Industries and IT Minister P K Kunhalikutty said that the Government has worked out a pro-active Industrial and Commercial Policy for the state. “All paper clearances related to project investors will be cleared in 90 days and there are 200 projects offered for investors in the state,” he said.

Kunhalikutty added that projects have been worked out on a backdrop of a 600 km-long coastal line, an International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) at Kochi, Natural Gas Pipeline infrastructure and airport development projects for various cities in the state.

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