Chandigarh, August 20—The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, was at his best in Washington DC last night while projecting Haryana as a preferred investment destination which enjoys a competitive edge, made sharper by its strategic location and the reform measures taken by the state government to further ease the ease-of-doing business.
The Chief Minister used the opportunity offered by a round table in the US capital to highlight the salient features of the state's "New Enterprise Promotion Policy 2015". Around the table were the ‘who is who’ of US industry and executives from the US-India Business Council (USIBC), an umbrella organisation which comprises more than 300 top-tier US and Indian companies.
His tag of Happening Haryana got ringing endorsement even as many hailed the reformist measures taken by the Haryana Government in recent months. The round-table discussion focused on key areas for investment promotion in Haryana. These included energy related initiatives, aerospace, food processing, auto/auto components and mass rapid transport.
The event was attended by companies and senior leaders from every major sector of business --Blumberg Grain, IREO, Coca Cola, Wipro, Capital Novus, Cargill, Medtronic, Uber and Boston Scientific.
"We strive to attract both international and domestic business to the state of Haryana," said the Chief Minister who is leading a 32- member official and business delegation on a nine-day trip to the US and Canada to woo investors.
"To achieve this end, I am proud of the reform efforts that we have made to make public services more efficient," he said, touching on several important topics that have dominated the bilateral commercial relationship in recent months.
Land registration is now enabled through information technology, long-pending land acquisition cases have been resolved and infrastructure construction is faster, Mr Manohar Lal said. This was evidenced by the completion of the Delhi-Faridabad Metro project and work getting restarted on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway. "We are pushing for policy reforms in a manner that will place Haryana as a business-friendly state and create jobs," the Chief Minister said adding, "I welcome American enterprises to be a part of our state's growth."
Noting that Haryana has emerged as a major investment hub in north India, the USIBC President, Mr Mukesh Aghi, hailed the city of Gurgaon as a key centre for information technology and automotive industries.
"The state's Enterprise Promotion Policy 2015 aims at enhancing the ease-of-doing business, promotes micro, small-scale and medium enterprises and encourages long-term investment in the state to flourish. All these measures are critical for not just enhancing the perception of doing business in India, but also indicate the reality of ease of doing business," Aghi said Sonny Khurana, President and CEO of iTECH, a leading distribution company in the telecom sector, said: "Haryana, with its diversified economy and vibrant cities is well positioned to leverage initiatives such as Make in India and Smart Cities."