The Karnataka State government on Tuesday requested the US government to set up a Visa Centre in Bengaluru. They also promised to facilitate US investments into the state.
The Deputy CM Dr CN Ashwath Naryanan stated this during a video- conference he held with Robert Burgess, who is presently the US Consul General in Chennai.
“Nearly 70% of the total number of South Indians going to the US are from Karnataka. I brought this to the notice of the Consulate General and renewed our request to set up a processing centre in Bengaluru,” the Deputy CM said.
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The State government has also promised to facilitate US investments into the state after the COVID-19 crisis.
The sectors that are hopeful of attracting US investments are Bio-technology, Science and Technology and Information Technology.
The Deputy Chief Minister also announced that an Investment promotion cell has been set up under the leadership of the State Chief Secretary.
He informed the Burgess that the state has recently carried out labour reforms and has improved its ranking on the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ index.
The status of public finance in the state is precarious owing to more than two months of lockdown.
It was only on Tuesday that the state government relaxed the lockdown guidelines and permitted certain establishments to remain open.