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Suzuki Motors Corp. plans to set up a skill development institute in western India to help train workers and improve their professional skills, Chairman Osamu Suzuki said.

Suzuki unveiled the plan at a meeting Friday in Ahmedabad with Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat state.

Gujarat is where Suzuki plans to build Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., a new production facility, Maruti Suzuki Chairman R.C. Bhargava said.

Bhargava said that Suzuki urged Modi to improve infrastructure in Gujarat to attract foreign investment.

Suzuki also proposed sending 500 Indian workers at Maruti Suzuki to train in Japan under Suzuki Motors engineers.

Suzuki was visiting India shortly after the violence-wracked Maruti Suzuki plant in Manesar, in the northern state of Haryana, resumed production following a one-month lockout.

Suzuki said he plans to visit the Manesar plant and meet the chief minister of Haryana for talks related to Maruti Suzuki’s operations there.

The plant was wracked by rampaging workers who scuffled with plant supervisors July 18 amid a labor dispute. A plant manager was killed and more than 100 people were injured in the incident.

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