THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Industries minister P K Kunhalikutty affirmed the government stance that it would not permit any sand mining-based project or a polluting chemical industry in the state. And, the government is ready for a constructive dialogue with the opposition to avoid a row ahead of the Emerging Kerala Business Meet in Kochi from September 12. “Polluting chemical industries and sand mining-based projects will not be permitted in the state, and the government is taking a cautious approach to attract investors showcasing other projects such as agri-business, food processing, IT, electronics and manufacturing industry at the three-day meet,” Kunhalikutty told TOI on Tuesday.
The new generation type of industries in bio-tech, nano-tech, IT and knowledge-based industries would be promoted by the government, he said. Any constructive criticism of the opposition to retain Kerala’s core competency of natural resources would be considered in a positive light, as in principle, the present UDF government had clearly focused on non-polluting industries in its revised industrial policy which would be released soon. But the opposition’s closed approach of stating that the upcoming meet would be worse than the previous Global Investors Meet was unwarranted, the minister said. On the opposition’s disapproval to host Emerging Kerala, Kunhalikutty said, “It could be a formal political decision not to offer support to host the meet, but the government has not considered it as the last word.” “Any industrial project will involve minimum land acquisition and will be backed by environmental clearance with the Centre. No project is based on the self-interest of the government. It will be in the interest of the development of the state to ensure economic growth and enhance its employment potential with skill development of the youth,” Kunhalikutty said. “Any controversial project that involves large-scale land acquisition will be sidelined and no project will be taken forward without the chief minister’s approval. The industries department will function as a nodal agency for Emerging Kerala and it will be facilitated by the departments of tourism, power, urban affairs, agriculture, transport, environment and forests,” he said. Industries Minister P K Kunhalikutty affirmed the government stance that it would not permit any Sand Mining based project and polluting Chemical Industry in the state and is ready for a constructive dialogue to avoid a row with the Opposition ahead of the Emerging Kerala Business Meet at Kochi from September 12. “Polluting chemical industries and sand mining based projects will not be permitted in Kerala, and the government is taking a cautious approach to attract investors showcasing other projects such as Agri-business, Food processing, IT, Electronics and Manufacturing industry at the three-day Emerging Kerala business meet,” Kunhalikutty told TOI on Tuesday. The new generation type of industries in Bio-tech, Nano-tech, IT and Knowledge based industries will be promoted by the government, he said. Any constructive criticism of the Opposition to retain Kerala’s core competency of natural resources will be considered in a positive light, as in principle the present UDF government has clearly focused on non-polluting industries in its revised Industrial policy which will be released soon, he said. But the Opposition’s closed approach of stating that the upcoming Business Meet would be worse than the previous Global Investors Meet (GIM) is unwarranted, the Minister said. On the Opposition’s disapproval to host Emerging Kerala, Kunhalikutty said, “It could be a formal political decision not to offer support to host the business meet, but the government has not considered it as the last word”.

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