In addition to a long history streching back to the classical age and having among the worlds richest cutlural traditions, Tamil Nadu is a key actor in India's economic resurgence story and has been identified as one of the most competitive business destinations in Asia.
Exponential economic growth has thrown statistics into turbulence making it almost impossible to find a viable correlation between historic econimic trends and present growth. This vision document recognises that and has hence looked to identify the potential and capture the future aspirations of the State and its people. Unlike such endevours in the past this exercise did not attempt to project the future with past trends. Instead, it has sought to envision the future based on the emotions and aspirations of the people of the State.
The economy owes its strength to factors such as high urbanisation and literacy rates, a sound educational system and relatively efficient infrastructure. Neverthless, the challenges of inclusiveness, equitability, environmental sustainability, an alarming infrastructure deficit and an ageing population continue to constrain the State's forward march. This vision document seeks to identify the critical development challenges facing the State and sets out a goal-oriented vision backed by an action plan for each identified challenge.