Naveen proposes TATA Group to set up defence manufacturing cluster in Odisha


Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik proposed the TATA Group to set up a defence manufacturing cluster at Naraj in Cuttack during a meeting with TATA Sons Chairman Natarajan Chandrasekharan on Tuesday.

The CM suggested that TATA Advanced Systems may consider developing this cluster on the 871 hectares of land at Naraj in possession of TATA power.

Expressing happiness over the expansion of TATA’s Kalinga Nagar Plant, the CM proposed the TATAs to consider developing a Steel Downstream Cluster at Kalinga Nagar with the provision of liquid metal.

The Chief Minister also put forth several other proposals including an E-Vehicle project by TATA Motors, a manufacturing unit by TATA Chemicals at Paradip and requested more investments in the manufacturing sector at TATA SEZ and DTA area at Gopalpur to generate employment.

The Chief Minister also proposed that the TATA Industries may participate in the World Skill Centre project as an Industry partner to deliver world-class skill to the State’s youth. He also requested to step up campus placements in different Government Engineering Colleges, Ills and Polytechnics.

The CM asked Chandrasekharan to speed up the setting up of 500 bedded Super Speciality Hospital at Sitalapalli in Ganjam district. He urged Chandrasekharan that TATA AIG should expedite the payment of Crop Insurance claims to the farmers of the State.

Chandrasekharan thanked the Chief Minister for his focus on rapid industrialisation and employment generation. He said that TATA Sons would consider all the proposals of the Chief Minister and try its best to realise the proposed projects.

The Chief Minister suggested Chandrasekharan that TATA Motor along with VOTAS and Thyssenkrupp should consider establishing workshops in some selected government ITIs. Speaking on the State’s Mission Shakti programme, the CM told the TATAs to promote micro entrepreneurship development programme for women under Mission Shakti.

Among others, Chief Secretary, Development Commissioner, ACS Finance, Principal Secretary Industries, Secretary Health & FW and TATA Steel MD and other TATA officials were present.

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