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TN seeks tax sops for new units in tsunami-hit areas

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Chennai , June 7

THE State Government has asked the Centre to grant excise duty exemption for 10 years for all the excisable goods that will be manufactured by new industrial units, to be set up in districts affected by the December 2004 tsunami.

It has also asked the Centre to grant excise duty exemption on steel, cement, pipes and other construction materials used for establishing new industrial units and in building infrastructure in these districts.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, the Chief Minister, Ms Jayalalithaa, said these concessions were needed to promote growth in these districts.

She said a similar concession had been extended to new industrial units in Kutch, Gujarat, after an earthquake in January 2001. The Centre was also granting excise duty exemptions to new industrial units in Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal to accelerate industrial development in these States.

Ms Jayalalithaa said providing excise duty exemptions would attract large-scale investments from corporate houses to restore and improve the infrastructure facilities and establishing new industrial units in the tsunami affected districts.

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