(15/5/19) WEDNESDAY – The Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) organised a press interaction with the newly elected Chairman of CII Southern Region, Mr Sanjay Jayavarthanavelu, in Chennai. Mr Sanjay briefed the press on the key initiatives and highlighted the work plan for the year 2019/20.

While briefing about the priorities of CII Southern Region, Mr Sanjay said that, the association had chosen, ‘India@75: Forging Ahead’, as its theme. “CII will focus on skill development in other priority areas in the next one year to boost the industrial growth in the region”, said Mr Sanjay. “We are continuing to monitor the gap between what the needs are and what is being done, in order to make sure that all the gaps are bridged”, he added.

CII, with its past experience from the automobile and ancillaries’ sector, is set to take up skill mapping studies for labour-intensive areas, to understand and bridge the demand-supply gap.

“The industry body has also been working closely with the state government to come out with sector-specific policies to promote manufacturing. We are also working with the governments of the Southern States in terms of start-up policies, as South India has a rich ecosystem to help start-up businesses and entrepreneurs”, explained the new Chairman.

CII SR is set to turn its focus on policy advocacy, education and skill development and the ease of doing business, under the newly chosen theme. For the first time, in order to encourage state specific action plan and promote fiscal discipline, CII SR will work to propagate a model state budget in select states.

According to Mr Sanjay, CII is also working on another initiative, which is set to be rolled out during phase two of this year, which is to cooperate with State governments and factories, to rejuvenate lakes and water bodies in the Southern States.

“More attention will be given for the IPR capacity building programmes for MSMEs and for creating B2B platforms for major initiatives during this year. The Model Career Centre (MCC) set up in Chennai, is also providing career counselling, skill training and assessment, thereby facilitating employment for youth” added Mr Sanjay.

This has helped a little over 12,000 students, who are set to be placed in jobs, in tire II cities this year.