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Census operation to begin in Krishnagiri on June 1

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The Hindu 07.04.2010

Census operation to begin in Krishnagiri on June 1

Staff Reporter

Training for master trainers organised as part of the preparation

Photo: N. Bashkaran

Kickstarting the campaign:Collector V.K. Shanmugam addressing the training programme on Census

KRISHNAGIRI: Preliminary training sessions for 60 master trainers was organised here on Tuesday as part of the preparations for census 2011.

Inaugurating the training programme, Collector V.K. Shanmugam said this was one of the biggest tasks undertaken once in ten years in the country.

This was an important document for planning and development for the governments , hence, cent percent accuracy was the need of the hour during the door-to-door survey. Even a small mistake would ruin the entire system for the next ten years. Keeping this in mind, enumerators should gather credible information from the occupants of the houses as laid down in the training material.

Enumerators should be sensitised to go through the training materials, Mr. Shanmugam added.

District Census Officer D. Meenakshi Sundaram said the two-day training programme for master trainers to 60 Block Resource Teacher Educators began here on Tuesday. On the first day of the programme, the master trainers would give house list on the first day and preparation of the National Population Register on the second day. The master trainers would be crucial in preparing over 3,459 personnel identified for carrying out the task of census operations.

In order to equip and train those personnel involved in census 2011, training sessions would start in the second week of April in various parts of the district.

The sessions also focus on creating awareness among the officials about their duties and responsibilities in the census. Every person occupying any house, enclosure or any other place may allow the personnel, on production of proof of identity, access to it for the purpose of the census.

Residents and the data on amenities available in the household and educational qualification of the residents would be generated during the operations. The collection of data for the National Population Register would start at the grassroots level on June 1 and end on July 15 in the district.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 April 2010 08:20

Singapore offers to share economic expertise

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The Hindu 26.11.2009

Singapore offers to share economic expertise

P. S. Suryanarayana

SINGAPORE: Singapore has offered to share its expertise with Tamil Nadu and other Indian states for possible collaboration in sectors such as water management, financial services and aerospace industry.

This was indicated by Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry S. Iswaran, who held talks with Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin here on Wednesday. Mr. Iswaran said: “We have been well acquainted for the last several years now. And, more recently, I heard about his thoughts on the Cooum: wanting to clean it. I had [then] invited him to come and see what we have done in Singapore, so that we [could] share our experience. And, to the extent that is relevant for the context of Chennai, he can adapt it. In general, Singapore’s experience in urban planning and development is something that we will be happy to share. We have several companies that have capabilities in this case. But the important thing is to find areas of mutual interest which will then create the opportunity to build some collaboration.”

Singaporean companies like “Ascendas and the Port of Singapore Authority have already got a good footprint in Tamil Nadu.”

Noting that Tamil Nadu “is also growing as a manufacturing hub,” Mr. Iswaran said, “that creates opportunities for both sides: for companies from Singapore to invest in Tamil Nadu, but also for collaboration on both sides to harness on some of Singapore’s capabilities.”

A range of possibilities was becoming evident now, he added.

About Singapore’s “regular discussions with the Indian states,” he said their “interests vary: urban development, business contacts and industrial parks.” parts.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 November 2009 01:55

Skewed priorities hurting city’s economy

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The New Indian Express 17.09.2009

Skewed priorities hurting city’s economy

Tuhin Chakraborty
Cities are engines of economic growth and social development, drawing in human resources, raw materials and capital which, combined with sophisticated urban infrastructure, have been the driving force behind national economic development in most countries.

In the globalised economy, metropolises are turbocharged engines that are driven by new and powerful forces capable of producing huge wealth, vast iniquities and economic imbalances. To regulate this, economies of metropolises should be planned, structured and nurtured by encompassing the basic principles of diversity and inclusiveness. For this, the planners and decision-makers should have knowledge of the metropolitan economy in all its depth and dimension.

In the case of Chennai it does not appear to be so. The Second Master Plan confesses this: “A comprehensive study of CMA Economy and Employment profile should be taken up to identify the activities and initiatives, both in the formal and informal sectors that can accelerate employment and income generation for the poor and low-income groups.” Thus, there was a vacuum! Perceptions, normally those of external agencies dealing with sectoral interests, fill this kind of vacuum. Chennai seem to have been influenced by the views of National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – the former representing Information Technology and the latter, large industry and business.

NASSCOM’s assessment was that Chennai had the distinct advantage of Tamil Nadu’s high bandwidth availability. It was also the major corridor to Southern India.

The higher level of literacy and the fine English language pronunciation of the people were drawing huge investment from multinational companies (MNCs).

The comparatively cheaper real estate value in Chennai and availability of ‘large tracts of unutilised land’ was a compelling attraction! According to a study commissioned by CII, “Chennai’s economic boom covered the auto and auto-ancillary industries and is now spreading with the growth of IT/ITeS, banking, retail, healthcare and construction industries.” Chennai’s economy was expected to increase to around $150 billion (Rs 7,50,000 crore) by 2025. “Infrastructure, especially airports, ports, flyovers and real estate, would play a key role, which would bring in a revenue of around $60 billion, followed by IT/IteS $23.16 billion, engineering $15.39 billion, and auto $12.78 billion.” This would lead the growth.

On the other side we had the sobering data of the State Commissionerate of Employment & Training. According to this data, employment of the organised sector in Chennai and Kancheepuram (including Thiruvallur) districts in 2000- 01 was 6,08,762. In 2001-02 when IT joined other activities like manufacturing etc., the figure rose to 6,55,474, an increase of 7.5%. Since then other activities seemed to have been edged out and by 2004-05 the figures declined to 5,91,499, a drop of nearly 10%, which was indeed disturbing.

The ‘IT revolution’ and MNC investments were indeed throwing out diversified employments and was spawning a ‘job-loss growth’, which could cause severe iniquity and socio-economic imbalance in the near future! While the planners recognised the importance of economic growth to realise the main objectives of planning and public policy, such as providing adequate and decent work opportunities, eradicating poverty, reducing disparities and improving the quality of life of people in general, they ironically sought to achieve most of these through the IT-real estate route! Accordingly, the Master Plan gave the ‘Most Favoured Status’ to IT/ITES/BPO industries while paying lip-service to SMEs and making cursory reference to the informal (unorganised) sector. The government went overboard trying to convert Chennai into an IT citadel. IT buildings were allowed within the city in all land use zones except primary residential with 1.5 times more Floor Space Index than other commercial/office buildings.

There are IT corridors, parks, townships and what is baffling, IT Special Economic Zones right in the city! It was virtually a ‘monoculture’ pursuit of one economic activity catering to high-skilled personnel, allocating to it hugely disproportionate resources like prime land and infrastructure investments.

Today, out of 10 million square-feet of office space lying vacant in Chennai, seven million is IT dedicated and two million is IT SEZ. Lots of land earmarked for IT development is lying unbuilt. No information is available on the jobs created during the ‘IT-boom’ since the government has been secretive and consistently refused to publish a ‘white paper’ despite repeated requests. Present strategies cannot meet the projected demand for new jobs - mostly unskilled and semiskilled – in the in CMA: 10.09 lakh in 2011, 16.70 lakh in 2016, 24.47 lakh in 2021 and 33.99 lakh in 2026! In this situation, Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation has recently proclaimed that the “State Government is planning a special IT industry Economic Zone spanning 1,000 sq km (2,50,000 acres) on the outskirts of Chennai.” The CMDA has neither confirmed nor denied this mega-move on the ‘large tracts of unutilised land’ belonging to farmers. Pray, what is the real agenda?


Last Updated on Thursday, 17 September 2009 05:10
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