Chandigarh, August 21–The US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Ms Nisha Biswal, who is the key person for shaping US policy on South Asia, has affirmed deep interest of US companies in making investments in Haryana. She also expressed keen interest in expansion of defence and aerospace industry in the state.
Ms Biswal said this when she called on the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, in Washington, to discuss different bilateral trade opportunities. She assured the Chief Minister that she would visit Haryana during her next visit to India. Ms Biswal plays a critical role in supporting economic development and encouraging regional connectivity in the region, including India.
The Chief Minister said that he was very much concerned about the issues industry had faced in Haryana during the last few years. Now, the state government has launched its new Entrepreneur Promotion Policy 2015 which rests on the foundation pillars of ease-of-doing business, enhancing competitiveness of the industry by reducing cost of doing business, single-window clearance etc. The new policy also has the provision of no enhancement once the cost of land is fixed. He said that the insurance sector is also being strengthened to ensure stability of industry.
Haryana has locational advantage as it surrounds national capital Delhi on three sides. Opening a broad window on Haryana, Mr Manohar Lal said that a vibrant and fast growing industrial power house and a veritable hub of knowledge, Haryana offered tremendous scope for investment in several fields. The state government has signed an MoU with Pratt and Whitney of United Technologies in Connecticut. “We would also support your efforts towards making more investments in Haryana,” he added.
The Haryana Industries and Commerce Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu, said that state had already witnessed presence of 200 companies out of 500 Fortune companies. “We are leading in automobile manufacturing sector besides the strategic advantage of Delhi market. The KMP expressway, whose work was pending for over last decade would be completed in next 2.5 years. It would be six-lane expressway that would open new avenues of industrial growth in Haryana”, he added.
Those present on this occasion included PSCM Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal, PS Industries Mr. Devender Kumar, MD HSIIDC Mr. Vineet Garg, DGIPR Mr. Abhilaksh Likhi, OSD to Chief Minister, Mr. Mukul Kumar. Later, Chairman and CEO Blumberg, Mr. Philip F. Blumberg, called on the Chief Minister and expressed keen interest in establishing scientific warehousing for food storage in the state. He also gave a brief presentation on the grain storage network.