KOCHI: Kerala should discard redundant laws to become a business-friendly state while people should change their negative mindset on making profits, said said Kerala Chief Secretary Jiji Thomson.
He was speaking at a seminar, ‘Ease of Doing Business’ at Kochi’, organised by Department of Industries and Commerce in association with Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC), Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) and Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) as part of the upcoming state-level machinery exhibition that is scheduled to begin on January 28.
“Profit is often considered as a negative word in the state which should be changed. Moreover, our local bodies make the procedures complex which disheartens the entrepreneurs. The state should reconsider removing redundant laws after holding a series of brainstorming sessions,” said Thomson.
The event was aimed at obtaining the stakeholders’ views on the simplification of procedures required and to expose them to the best industry practice in other states for a comparative study.
P M Francis, director, Department of Industries and Commerce, said the event was organised as part of the Industries Department’s efforts to bring down the barriers in starting a business.