Nokia facility at Sriperumbudur near left as an ‘orphaned child: Ravi Shankar

Vastavam web: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said the Nokia facility at Sriperumbudur near here, was left like an “orphaned child” and the Centre was “on the job” to make it operational.Finland-based Nokia had provided jobs to 8,000 people when the facility, which produced mobile phones in Sriperumbudur was functioning with full capacity.”The Nokia facility was left as an orphaned child.. I tried my best.. You know Microsoft took over Nokia but left the Nokia plant (due to double) taxing issue,” the Minister for Law and Justice, Electronics and Information Technology said.

On the proposal by Apple Inc., to set up a manufacturing facility in the country, he said, the government is in talks with them.To a query, he said there were 40 lakh people working “directly” in the IT industry and 1.30 crore employed “indirectly.””I am very happy to tell you that one-third of them are women,” he added.On the Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana scheme, he said about Rs four lakh crore has been given to eight crore Indians in ticket sizes of Rs 10,000, Rs 50,000 Rs five lakh and Rs 10 lakh.

The Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana scheme provides access to institutional finance to small business units of various ticket sizes.”50 per cent of them were first time entrepreneurs. Now, even if half of this eight crore Indians have added one job, there would be four crore new jobs,” he said.Responding to another query, he said the government has set up 2.70 lakh Common Service Centres that would provide nearly 300 digital services.

“About 10 lakh boys and girls are working.. Even you talk of BPO, they have started operating in places like Kohima, Imphal in the North East,” he said.On his interaction with the core members of Confederation of Indian Industry earlier, Prasad said the members have come out with suggestions on GST and that he would look into it.On the initiatives taken by his Ministry, he said he discussed the story of Digital India, Skill India, Start Up India, smart cities with the members of CII, Tamil Nadu region.”India’s digital initiative is one of digital inclusion to bridge the divide between the digital haves and digital have nots. I also explained to them (CII members) about bankruptcy code, to GST, RERA. I also told them how Moody’s rating has made India positive,” he said.