Kerala got Rs 3,600 cr investment commitments in 6 mths; focus on ease of doing biz realistically: Min P Rajeev

New Delhi: Asserting that the state has a good atmosphere for investments, Kerala Industries Minister P Rajeev on Friday said the state has received investment commitments worth over Rs 3,600 crore in the last six months and the focus is on having ease of doing business in a realistic manner.
As the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government led by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan completes six months of its second tenure, Rajeev said the state is getting offers from several big industrial houses, and termed the recent Kitex group controversy as a “planned attempt” to show that Kerala was not investment-friendly.
In an interview with PTI in the national capital, Rajeev, also a former Rajya Sabha member, said the government has been taking various steps to improve the overall business atmosphere in the state.
“More than Rs 3,600 crore investment (commitments) have been offered to Kerala in six months (of the government taking over)… There is also a big growth in establishing MSMEs in the state,” he said.
In the assembly polls held earlier this year, LDF swept to power for the second consecutive term and took charge on May 20.
Rajeev, who held meetings with various Union ministers, including Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, this week has flagged concerns about the process followed for the states and Union Territories in the central government’s ease of doing annual business rankings. —PTI


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