Meeting held with Ambassadors of 50 nations to attract global investors

SHIMLA-11 July, 2019-With a view to attract global investors to the proposed global investors meet being held in Dharamshala in the month of November, the state government held a meeting with the Ambassadors of 50 nations at New Delhi on Wednesday evening. The Ambassadors were detailed about the possibilities of investment in various sectors in the state and the state government also urged them to motivate and coordinate in inviting entrepreneurs, investors and trade unions of their countries for investing in sectors of their choice in Himachal Pradesh.

Minister of State for External Affairs V. Murlidharan, who was also present on the occasion, said that the initiative of the Himachal government to invite investors and traded union across the globe to this global investor's meet being organized on 7-8 November in Dharamshala is unique and exemplary. He said the Union Ministry of External Affairs would play the role of felicitator for this meet. He appreciated the vision of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and policies of the state government for making Himachal Pradesh as favourite investment destination and to improve economy of the state.

The Union Minister said that India is on its way to become fastest growing economy of the world. The government of India has taken an effective initiative to further strengthen the economy of the nation by introducing programmes like 'Make In India' and 'Start-up India'.

V. Murlidharan said that policy makers had been deliberating since long about improving the manufacturing sector and how India could be transformed into a global manufacturing hub. However, it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who introduced 'Make in India' campaign to realise this dream into reality. The aim of this campaign is to make investment convenient, boost the innovation, to increase the skill development, to provide security to intellectual property rights and to ensure best manufacturing infrastructure.

He said that the proposed global investors meet being organised at Dharamshala, which is situated in the lap of majestic Himalaya range, would also give boost to tourism as people from all over the world would witness the rich culture and traditions of the state. He expressed hope that efforts of the state government will bear fruits and Himachal would definitely emerge as a global investor's destination on the world map.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the state government is committed to realise the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the investors meet. He said Himachal offers better infrastructure, investor friendly and peaceful environment and liberal policies of the state government to the global investors. The government is making all out efforts to making Himachal Pradesh as the best destination for global investors. The state government has developed better infrastructure and additional power is also available with the state. As a result of better policies and effective implementation of various schemes, the state today is poised to compete with other states for attracting global investment.

He appreciated the efforts of the External Ministry for making this event historic and also thanked the Union Minister of state for External Affairs for his presence on the occasion.

Jai Ram Thakur urged the Ambassadors of various countries present on the occasion to extend invitation of the state government to entrepreneurs of their respective countries to attend the global investors meet at Dharamshala.

Industries Minister Bikram Singh said that more than 50,000 manufacturing units are working actively in the state and around five lakh people have been given employment in these units. He said that various global brands are working in the state in the sectors like pharmaceutical, food processing, automobile, engineering products and cement etc.

Chief Secretary B.K Agarwal detailed about the potential of investment in Himachal Pradesh while Additional Chief Secretary, Industries Manoj Kumar apprised about the incentives being given to the entrepreneurs by the state government.

MP's Ram Swaroop Sharma, Kishan Kapoor and Suresh Kashyap, Secretary, Economic Affairs (Foreign Ministry) T.S Trimurti, Additional Chief Secretaries Dr. Shrikant Baldi and Ram Subhag Singh, Additional Principal Secretary to the CM Sanjay Kundu and Principal Private Secretary to the CM Vinay Singh were also present on the occasion.

Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur also attended the dinner and assured every possible assistance to the state government for organizing global investors meet successfully.


Bikram Singh demands Design and Architecture Institute for Himachal

Industries Minister Bikram Singh met Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal at New Delhi on Thursday and urged to approve centrally funded Design and Architecture Institute for the state. He said opening of this institute would go a long way in preservation of architecture of the Himalaya region besides facilitating learning and teaching of hilly architecture.

Bikram said that being a hilly state, Himachal Pradesh has limited resources and thousands of youth have to go out of the state for making their career in design and architecture sector as this facility is not available in the state. He said that the state government would provide required land and other facilities for setting up of this institute.

He said that this institute could become a measure for studies and teaching in the sector of disaster management and environment conservation. This would also prove to be a milestone in the field of technical education.

The Union Minister said that Himachal Pradesh would be given preference whenever such institute would be opened in the future.


CM urges Union Minister for liberal assistance to implement ropeway projects

SHIMLA,Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today called on Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari at New Delhi and requested him to approve a grant Rs. 500 crore for implementation of ropeway projects in the State.

Chief Minister said that the state government has decided to use ropeway system as an alternative eco-friendly transport solution to decongest cities, tribal areas and high mountainous passes. He said that for this the State Government has established Ropeways and Rapid Transport System Development Corporation Limited as a single nodal agency for providing innovative alternative solutions to mobility problems in urban and rural areas of the State.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the corporation aims to use ropeways and other rapid transport system for solving the problem ever increasing traffic and limited mode of alternative transportation in the State. He said that since construction of ropeways being overhead mode transportation does not require much land acquisition and deforestation and could be executed in very short span of time. He said that the state needs assistance of the Union Government for implementation of these transport projects in the State which were in line with the Union Minister’s dream of providing overhead (ropeways and sky bus) connectivity in congested areas and far flung unconnected habitations.

Chief Minister urged the Union Minister to provide liberal assistance to the state under the proposed ‘Parvat Mala’ scheme so that alternative mode of transportation could be provided to the commuters.

Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari assured the Chief Minister that their demands would be considered sympathetically.

Member of Parliament Kishan Kapoor, Ram Saroop and Suresh Kashyap, Secretary Transport, Government of India Sanjeev Ranjan, Additional Chief Secretary cum Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Principal Secretary, PWD J.C. Sharma and Principal Private Secretary Vinay Singh were also present in the meeting.