The myth of vibrant Gujarat, or the assertion that it’s India’s No.1 state in economic progress, has been debunked. According to the latest figures revealed by Niti Ayog, Gujarat is no more India’s main export hub. That position belongs to Tamil Nadu.
The Export Preparedness Index (EPI) for 2022 ranks Tamil Nadu as the No. 1 state in exports, followed by Maharashtra and Karnataka. Gujarat has been pushed to the fourth slot this time. Tamil Nadu has been in the top five among large/coastal states’ categories in the last two years.
EPI assesses export performance of Indian States and Union Territories. According to a report, the index examines the direct and indirect factors that support the export environment throughout the region.
Minister for Industries, Investment Promotion and Commerce TRB Rajaa was quoted as saying: “Tamil Nadu securing the No. 1 place in Export Preparedness Index, 2022, reinforces the state’s top rank in facilitating ease of doing business. Tamil Nadu has long been an export leader in sectors such as automotive, leather and textiles, and we recently became the No. 1 exporter of electronic goods.”
Kanchipuram, Chennai, and Tiruppur have emerged as Tamil Nadu’s top three exporting districts. Kanchipuram is a leading force in silk exports. Chennai wields export clout in petroleum products, engineering goods, and pharmaceuticals.
Tiruppur is ranked 22nd in the country in value of exports, the report said. It is emerging as a name to reckon with in textile exports which include raw material exports, cotton products and handloom products, the report added.
Additionally, the report mentioned that Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have the highest number of GI-tagged (Geographical Indication) products in exports.