SHIMLA-08 November, 2019

CM urges entrepreneurs to invest in tourism and food processing sectors

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing the MoU holders in industries including manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, food processing, IT and Electronics etc. at Dharamshala during the second day of the Rising Himachal Global Investors Meet said that it was for the first time that the state government had taken a holistic approach to attract investment for the state.

The Chief Minister said that state had been bestowed by the nature with immense potential in fruit production. Himachal Pradesh was known as ‘Fruit Bowl’ of India and produce varied types of fruits due to its different climatic conditions and there was a vast scope of investment in fruit and food processing.

Jai Ram Thakur said that Himachal Pradesh had varied climatic conditions and diverse topographic making it suitable for growing wide range of medicinal plants. The state government would provide all possible help to the interested entrepreneurs for setting up their units in the state.

He also had meeting with the MoU holders of tourism, wellness and AYUSH where he said that the state offers investors a variety of choices in tourism sector like adventure, wildlife, eco-tourism, heritage, spiritual, monuments, religious, skiing etc.

"The state government is committed to make sustainable tourism as one of the prime engines of growth in the state by establishing it as a leading global sustainable tourism destination", said the Chief Minister.

He said that with 300 pharma companies and over 700 Pharma formulations manufacturing units functioning here, Himachal Pradesh was known as Pharmaceutical hub of Asia.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the State offers attractive incentives under the industrial policy to boost investment in the State and the Government has recently amended the policy in sectors such as Tourism, AYUSH, IT and electronics and hydro energy to make it more attractive and industry friendly.

While presiding over the meeting with the MoU holders of housing, urban development and transport, the Chief Minister said that the state government would act as facilitator for the MoU holders to get time-bound approvals of all their projects so that these could take off without any delay. He said that all the issued raised today by the entrepreneurs would be resolved at the earliest.

Industries Minister Bikram Singh Thakur said that the state government under the able leadership of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was ensuring that the state emerges as Hub of investment in the country.

Urban Development Minister Sarveen Chaudhary said that the state government had decided to give approval for maps for construction of houses within thirty days.

Chief Secretary Dr Shrikant Baldi, Additional Chief Secretary Industries Manoj Kumar, Director Industries Hans Raj Sharma, Director Tourism Yunus, Director Urban Development Lalit Jain were present on the occasion among others.

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CM greets LK Advani on birthday

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Friday extended his greetings to former Deputy Prime Minister and senior BJP leader LK Advani on his 92nd birthday.

The Chief Minister said that Shri Advani was among the most respected leaders of the country who made great contributions for strengthening the BJP and serving the nation.

Jai Ram Thakur wished him a long and healthy life ahead.

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CM holds meeting with representatives of various business groups

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has B2G meeting with Sripriyaa Kumaria, Sudesh Aggarwal, Mukesh Kochar, Rakesh Ranjan, Sarkar Chauhan and Sheetal Soni from Business Leaders Forum, Giant Group, Sunny General Trading, GTCS Global, Pro Global Logistics and MI Capital respectively from UAE Group who evinced interest in tourism and civil aviation, industries, Ayurveda sector. They also discussed about setting up an institute for Sanatan Dharma studies and setting up 150 villas for community living.

Urban Development Minister Sarveen Chaudhary, Industries Minister Bikram Singh, Chief Secretary Dr Shrikant Baldi, Additional Chief Secretary Industries Manoj Kumar, Director Industries Hansraj Sharma and other senior officers were present on the occasion.

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Diversity makes Himachal best destination for investment: Piyush Goyal

HP Govt. sings 614 MoUs with investment of Rs. 93,000 crore

While presiding over the valedictory function of the Rising Himachal Global Investors’ Meet held at Dharamshala Union Commerce and Industries Minister Piyush Goyal today said that the diversity makes Himachal Pradesh as best destination for investment and the State Government has made it possible for the entrepreneurs to invest here by investor friendly policies. He said that the presence of large number of entrepreneurs in this summit reflects how Himachal Pradesh has opted the higher growth trajectory and was marching ahead on the path of development.

Union Minister said that natural beauty, the environment, the unique flora and fauna of the region, its large bio‐diversity, rolling hills, snow-capped mountains green valleys, virgin forests and diverse culture and traditions makes Himachal Pradesh the paradise for tourists. He urged the participants to explore opportunities in tourism sector.

Shri Goyal said that Himachal Pradesh has highest literacy rate and the initiatives taken by the State to buzz Himachal with industrial activities are commendable. He said that the people friendly policies of the State Government would definitely attract investment in the State. He complimented the State Government for successful organising this event and opening the doors for investment for not only India but also around the world.

The Union Minister said that the country was forging agreed on the path of progress and prosperity under the able leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has set a goal to make the country a $ 5 trillion economy and the last five years, we have added about one trillion dollars to it. We are working hard to achieve the goal of $ 5 trillion, he added. He also congratulated the one percent to the country’s economy.

He also went around the exhibition stall and envisaged keen interest in it.

Speaking on the occasion, Governor Bandaru Dattatraya congratulated the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur for organizing this historic event successfully. He said that Himachal was a suitable place for investment where everything was available from the men force to resources. He also congratulated the investors for showing keen interest in investing in the state.

Shri Dattatraya said that Himachal Pradesh also offers one of the lowest power tariffs in the country which was an added attraction to the entrepreneurs besides various other incentives. He added that the state has natural resources, hardworking manpower, peaceful atmosphere, better law and order situation and good governance. He congratulated Chief Minister for creating a business friendly and development friendly environment in the state in a very short span of time.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing the valedictory session said that said that the State Government has notified several policies in the State to facilitate the entrepreneurs interesting to invest.

Jai Ram Thakur said that endeavour of the State was to make Himachal Pradesh a favourite destination for investment in industries, power, tourism, Agriculture, Ayush, IT, Infrastructure and allied sector. He said that the State Government has notified industrial and investment policy, tourism and eco-tourism policies, film policy, information technology policy, AYUSH policy, and solar power policy, affordable housing policy. These policies clearly bring out Government’s resolve of inclusive and sustainable development in the state, he added.

Chief Minister said that the State Government took maiden effort to organise this mega event which was indeed a historic but challenging decision. However with the cooperation of the entrepreneurs the event was poised to go as a major event to transform the economy of the State. He said that the efforts was also possible due to the continuous encouragement, help and support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Ministers.

Jai Ram Thakur said that till now as many as 614 MoUs have been signed which would attract an investment of about Rs 93,000 crore. He said that efforts would be made to ensure that the MoUs signed gets all support and help so that they get started at the earliest. He said that the concerned departments would ensure effective follow up to get various clearances and approvals for the projects.

Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Singh Thakur congratulated the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur for organising this event which was bound to change the economy ad socio-economic scenario of the State. He said that Development of MSME sector was a priority for the Union Government as this was the back-bone of our industries. In this year’s budget, for ease of access to credit for MSMEs, our government has introduced providing of loans upto rupees one crore for MSMEs within 59 minutes through a dedicated online portal.

He said that under the Interest Subvention Scheme for MSMEs, Rs. 350 crore have been allocated for financial year 2019-20 for two percent interest subvention for all GST registered MSMEs, on fresh or incremental loans.

Industries Minister Bikram Singh while thanking the Union Minister and the industry leaders to grace the occasion invited the investors to come forward and invest in Himachal Pradesh. He assured that the State will extend all possible help to the investors. He said that land banks have been established to provide land to the entrepreneurs easily.

Chief Secretary Dr Shrikant Baldi while making a presentation on the activities and events held during the two day mega event said that the State Government would ensure that the MoUs signed would see the day of light at the earliest.

Director General of Confederation of Indian Industries (National Partner) Chandrajit Banerjee said that that Himachal Pradesh has immense potential for emerging as a major industrial hub of the country. He said that CII was opening as a Skill Institute at Dharamshala for Skill upgradation of the youth.

Chairman Hero Group Rahul Munjal said that under the able leadership of Chief Minister the industry has seen a solid foundation for setting up new industries and expansion of existing units. He also appreciated the investors friendly policies framed by the State Government.

Chairman Vardhman Group Sachit Jain also spoke on the occasion.

Founder Chairman Sampark Foundation Vineet Nayar said that presently the Foundation was running Sampark Smart Shala in 76,000 schools of six states of the country. He said that the Foundation has started working towards enhancing learning out comes for millions of children of India.

Additional Chief Secretary Industries Manoj Kumar presented vote of thanks.

Wife of the Chief Minister Dr. Sadhna Thakur, Speaker Vidhan Sabha Dr. Rajiv Bindal, Cabinet Ministers, Chief Whip Narender Bragta, State BJP President Satpal Satti, MPs Kishan Kapoor, Ram Swaroop Sharma and Suresh Kashyap, MLAs, Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of various Boards and Corporations, Chairman CII Himachal Harish Agarwal, Additional Chief Secretaries, Secretaries, Heads of Departments and other senior officers of the State Government were present on the occasion among others.