Buoyed by rapid progress of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project, finance minister P Chidambaram had announced in the 2013-14 budget two more industrial corridors between Bangalore and Chennai and Bangalore and Mumbai.
He had also said the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) were preparing a comprehensive plan for the Chennai-Bangalore Industrial Corridor.
To a query, Sharma said the fears of Karnataka farmers over FDI in retail were unfounded because the government has allowed organised retail in India for last thirteen years.
"I do not know where the fears have come from because organised retail is already in India. You have all the corporate majors engaging in organised retail whether it is the Reliance, the Tatas, the Birlas and Biyanis. Is this a fact or not?"
Sharma said 10 states have been notified and for both single and multi brands the Centre is putting a condition that 30% of the sourcing should be from MSMEs.
Asked how many applications the government has received for FDI in multi-brand retail, he said these were business decisions because they have to look for local partners, which the government could not decide.