Finland-based Nokia had provided jobs to 8,000 people when the facility, which produced mobile phones in Sriperumbudur was functioning with full capacity.
The factory was left out of the $ 7.2 billion deal that was signed between Microsoft and Nokia in 2014.
"The Nokia facility was left as an orphaned child.. I tried my best.. You know Microsoft took over Nokia but left the Nokia plant (due to double) taxing issue," the Minister for Law and Justice, Electronics and Information Technology said.
"We are trying to work it out," he told reporters at a CII organised event here.
Elaborating further, he said, "We (the government) were on the job.. We tried with one-two companies.. It did not work out.. Let me concretise and then disclose it to you.. But, we are on the job(to make it operational)."
On the proposal by Apple Inc, to set up a manufacturing facility in the country, he said, the government is in talks with them.
To a query, he said there were 40 lakh people working "directly" in the IT industry and 1.30 crore employed "indirectly."
"I am very happy to tell you that one-third of them are women," he added.
He said the number of mobile manufacturing factories in the country has increased to 108 from two that were operating earlier.
"Now 108 mobile manufacturing facilities have come up (across India) and about three lakh boys and girls are working directly and indirectly," he said.