Thiruvananthapuram, July 4(BPNS)
Kerala Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has in a tweeter post thanked the chairman of the RPG group of companies, Harsh V Goenka, who had in a tweet said that his company was one of the highest employers in Kerala and had found the state to be very much investor-friendly.
Goenka who is the Chairman of the RPG group in his tweet said, “We are the largest employers in Kerala. We find the local government very supportive.” This had helped the beleaguered state which was drawing flak from across owing to the outbursts of the CMD of world’s second-largest children’s apparel maker, Kitex that his company was dropping the 3500 crore rupee project from Kerala and was venturing out to other states. He told media that he had received invitations from several states including neighbouring Tamil Nadu to set up his industry there.
Vijayan said that Kerala was one of the most investor-friendly states in the country and that there was no need for concern for any industrialists in the state.
Kerala Chief Minister in his tweet said, “ Thank you @hvgoenka for allaying the apprehensions over Kerala’s EoDB. Your honesty is much appreciated. Kerala has been one of the most investor-friendly states in India and will continue to be so. The LDF government ensures that sustainable and innovative industries thrive here.”
Meanwhile Kerala state industries minister, P. Rajeev said that he had sent officials to solve the problems raised by the Kitex group and said that it was a one-off issue.
The state industries minister also said in a statement that the Kerala government does not conduct surprise and lightning raids on industries. Kerala has been on the wrong foot after the allegations raised by the Kitex group and the government is on a firefighting exercise to prevent the damage.
Journalist and former editor of Surya TV,Roy Mathew while speaking to BPNS said, “Unless the state government takes concrete steps to prove that the state is investor-friendly, there would be more exodus. All said and done, practically things are not rosy at the grassroots, and unless single window clearance is done properly as well as industries are not targeted, the apprehensions will remain.”