CM urged the non-resident Indians (NRIs) to come and invest in Haryana 9-01-2015
Chandigarh, January 9—The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, has urged the non-resident Indians (NRIs) to come and invest in Haryana, the land of opportunity and enterprise, and assured them land, hassle-free clearances, adequate and quality power, and necessary environment to do business. Speaking at the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas at Gandhinagar in Gujarat today, he said, “I invite you to come to Haryana, invest in the sector of your choice, and be partners in growth. Come and invest today to reap a bountiful tomorrow. When you take the call, you will feel wanted and shall find us waiting.” Elaborating on what made Haryana an ideal destination for investment, the Chief Minister said the state surrounds the national capital, New Delhi, on three sides. Besides impressive infrastructure, investor-friendly climate, pollution-free environment, excellent law-and-order situation and modern communication network, it boasts of world class residential and commercial accommodation. All these make Haryana a perfect destination for investment. Committed to harnessing the potential Haryana offers, the state government is formulating a new industrial policy to spur growth and give industrialisation a decisive push. Captains of industry and NRIs are welcome to make suggestions. “We value your views; your expectations will serve us as guidelines; and you will always remain our source of strength”, he said. The Chief Minister said that playing the facilitator, the Haryana Government had made special provisions for the NRIs through policy and institutional mechanism. Up to 10 per cent of the industrial plots in each industrial estate, set up by the HSIIDC, are reserved for allotment to NRIs and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), and for units with 33 per cent or more FDI in total investment. Besides, a Foreign Investment & NRI Cell has also been set up for providing guidance and advisory services to potential NRI and PIO investors and addressing the problems faced by them related to property, marital discord and law and order, etc. “We have set up a state stall here (Gandhinagar) and you can get all relevant information regarding the state initiatives”, he said. To invigorate development, the state has foreseen the need for augmenting power generation and availability. Haryana today has total available capacity of nearly 10,000 Mega Watt. “My focus is also on providing seamless operations in supply of power and ease in getting power connections”, the Chief Minister said. “We want to offer Haryana as a corporate capital, as an industrial destination, and, as a residential and entertainment centre while retaining its edge in manufacturing, services and knowledge sectors. It is indeed going to be Destination Haryana all the way during the coming years. A clear vision, political will, good governance, empathy, empowerment, partnerships and creativity will be the keywords to drive the future success of Haryana”, he assured the gathering. Opening a broad window on Haryana for the diaspora, the Chief Minister said the state had made rapid strides since its creation in 1966 and carved a niche for itself. “Geographically, we are a small state, accounting for just 1.3% of the total area of the country, but we contribute nearly 3.4% to the national economy. The state, which was largely an agrarian economy initially, is now one of the most industrialized states in the country, with the manufacturing and services sectors contributing about 85% to the GSDP, he added. Haryana leads in the manufacture of a number of products like passenger cars, two-wheelers, cranes, earthmovers, tractors, bicycles, sanitary ware, white goods, footwear etc. It is home to a large number of multi-national companies and there are more than 1,000 projects with foreign technical or financial collaboration. Multi-national companies like Suzuki, Honda, IBM, Harley Davidson, Hollister, Agilent, Nestle, Harvel, Siemens, Denso, Yakult, Danone, JCB, to name only a few, have set up their base in Haryana. He said that, “A Global Corridor planned along the KMP Expressway, which is under construction, offers new opportunities for development of Theme Hubs. Several Metro Rail Projects have been undertaken including extension of Delhi Metro to Gurgaon, Faridabad-Ballabgarh and Bahadurgarh. Regional Rapid Transit System Corridors connecting Delhi-Gurgaon-Rewari-Alwar; Delhi-Sonipat-Panipat and Delhi-Rohtak-Hisar are on anvil. Faridabad-Gurgaon Metro is also on anvil. These corridors would cut down the number of vehicles on roads, decongest both national highways and arterial roads and reduce pollution levels, besides improving the quality of life in the NCR. Our other initiatives include upgradation of National and State highways, new inter-city connectivities, intra-city transport etc, he added”. The Chief Minister said that the State Government is implementing a number of initiatives under the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor project, which holds a promise for huge investment opportunities. He said that, “The industrial infrastructure in the State is being strengthened through development of new Industrial Model Townships and Industrial Estates and expansion of the existing estates. Cluster based approach is being increasingly recognized as a sustainable, cost effective and inclusive strategy to ensure capacity building for the local industry and bring about manufacturing competitiveness. At the same time, we are committed to maintain Industrial peace and harmony in the State and to ensure Safety, Health and Welfare of the workers, he added”. The Indian diaspora has played an important role in global brand building for India which is their motherland. “You also possess a great potential for national development by way of enhancing investments, accelerating industrial development and boosting trade and tourism efforts. We seek your support in achieving the goal of sustainable and inclusive development”, Mr Manohar Lal said. “I urge you to avail yourself of the opportunity Haryana offers and set up your ventures in our dynamic state”, he added.