"Badal will focus on information technology, health care, food processing, bio-technology, light engineering and infrastructure during the visit. The two-day tour begins Thursday from Chennai," a spokesman said here Wednesday.

"He will meet more than a dozen heads of business houses," the spokesman said.

Punjab hosted the "Progressive Punjab Investment Summit" at Mohali December last year, with top industrialists and business leaders of the country converging here for the event.

Badal, while embarking for the trip, said, "The Punjab government has taken massive steps and new initiatives to provide conducive and business-friendly environment in the industrial sector".

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