The Tamil Nadu government has planned to cancel land allotted to entrepreneurs who failed to start industrial units in government industrial areas even two years after obtaining sanction. The state government also directed officials to ensure that priority is given to women entrepreneurs, ex-servicemen, backward class people and transgenders while allotting land for industrial units in future.
The government has set a target of 100 industrial estates in the state – it currently has 92. For this the government will acquire 446 acres of land at various places. In addition to this, the government is also planning to acquire 2,256 acres for industrial estates in the future.
According to the plan, the government is working out a strategy to scour for land across the state to set up five industrial parks exclusively for woman entrepreneurs. Micro, small and medium enterprises department sources told TOI that on instructions from chief minister J Jayalalithaa, minister for rural industries C Shanmugavelu recently conducted a series of review meetings to track entrepreneurs who got the plot allotment order from the government but have still not set up their proposed units.
“We are in the process of identifying people who have not started their business yet,” a senior official from the department said. He said there was a proposal to upload details of such people on the government website.
“The government will summon them and find out their grievances before taking action. If they require any further assistance including getting loans from banks, the government will try to help them and sort out their problems,” he said.
The Tamil Nadu Small Industries Development Corporation Limited (TANSIDCO) had so far developed 90 industrial estates with 4,500 worksheds and about 5,000 developed plots. “For micro enterprises, more than 2,000 tiny sheds in sizes ranging from 200sqft to 600sqft were constructed and allotted,” he said.
The government also ordered the officials to identify plots that are still vacant in 14 industrial areas. “The officials were asked to explain by the government why the land was still vacant,” sources said adding that the government would advertise to fill up the vacant land and will take measures to help the people who are occupying the land through the allotment in various ways.
In a bid to the stop the malpractice in the allotment of land, the government will take steps to buy back the land, which is not being used, at the same price.