TN most industrialised state, UP
AMID ALL the talk about big-ticket investments, the fifth Economic Census says Tamil Nadu is top in terms of states with the highest number of industrial units.india Updated: Jun 13, 2006 01:22 IST
AMID ALL the talk about big-ticket investments, the fifth Economic Census says Tamil Nadu is top in terms of states with the highest number of industrial units.
Among the surprises thrown up by the document: the figures for Gujarat. Often believed to be among the most economically advanced states, it failed to finish in the top five -- overtaken even by the likes of UP and West Bengal.
The census says Tamil Nadu has 44.5 lakh industrial units, followed by Maharashtra (43.74 lakh), West Bengal (42.85 lakh), Andhra Pradesh (40.23 lakh) and Uttar Pradesh (40.59 lakh). Gujarat has 24.18 lakh industrial units.
The same states made it to the top five in terms of employment -- although Maharashtra pushed Tamil Nadu to the second position by offering 1.18 crore jobs as against the latter's 9.86 crore.
The big surprise: there is more industrial activity in rural India than in urban areas -- 61.3 per cent of India's industrial units are located in the countryside.