Chandigarh August 27: Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal today said that the State would receive a huge investment of Rs 10,000 crore and employment opportunities for 40,000 persons would be generated as a result of various meetings and agreements signed between Haryana and leading companies of USA and Canada during his recent visit to these countries. The Chief Minister had recently led an official and business delegation to attract the prospective investors to invest in the State.
The Chief Minister, who was addressing a press conference here today, said that this investment would include an estimated investment of Rs 5000 crore in Food Processing Industry thus opening new avenues of growth for agriculture and allied sectors. He said that Haryana has signed MoUs with five leading companies including Google, CISCO, United Technologies, Applied Materials and Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology.
While describing his visit as highly successful Mr Manohar Lal said that a high level delegation which comprised Finance Minister Capt. Abhimanyu and other senior officers of the State Government as well as a business delegation visited New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, Maryland, Connecticut, San Francisco in the USA and Vancouver and Toronto in Canada from August 16 to 25 and held business meetings and apprised them about the unique features of our new Enterprises Promotion Policy-2015. Apart from this, the delegation also held meetings with US-India Business Council, Canada-India Business Council, Canada-India Foundation and Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce.
He said that encouraged by the incentives offered in Haryana’s new Policy, the entrepreneurs of America and Canada, especially Indo-American and Indo-Canadian have shown keen interest in making investment in Haryana. He said that during his ten-day visit, the delegation also met businessmen of Indian Diaspora and political functionaries of eight States of USA and Canada so as to strengthen the bilateral relations between India and these two countries. The main focus of this visit was on three key areas of Central government led by Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi that is Make in India, Skill India and Digital India, he added.
The Chief Minister said that during all meetings, he assured the entrepreneurs and business executives of US and Canada of all support and cooperation of the State government including easy clearance of projects and infrastructure facilities. He said that during the visit, the key areas where the foreign investors have shown tremendous interest include food processing, Information Technology/Information Technology Enabled Services, Health and Medical Education, Skill Development, Mass Rapid Transport, Renewable Energy, Defense, Aerospace, Auto and Auto Components, Research and Development and Pharmasecuticles.
He said that the State Government would organize an investment meet ‘Happening Haryana’ in the month of January next in which Non Resident Indians (NRIs) would participate.
Giving details of his meetings with political functionaries of USA and Canada, Mr Manohar Lal said that he had met Lt Governor of Maryland, Mr Boyd K. Rutherford, who has agreed to explore the possibilities of cooperation in the fields of bio-technology, life sciences and agriculture, cyber security and engineering. Similarly, he visited Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University at Baltimore and urged them for upgradation of the Kalpana Chawla University of Health Sciences which is being set up at Karnal in Haryana as a Centre of Excellence. He said that he also met Mr Dannel P. Malloy, Governor of Connecticut and both of them agreed to develop long-term partnership between Haryana and Connecticut for sharing economic, social and cultural experiences. He said that he also met Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, Canada to explore investment areas of cooperation and collaboration between Ontario and Haryana in the areas of student exchange, green technologies, renewable energy, waste management, clean water technology, food processing, automobiles, skilled education, tourism, medical education and health care. He said that during his meeting with 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 expressed keen interest of US companies in making investment in Haryana. She also expressed keen interest in expansion of defence and aerospace industry in the state. He said that he also met Chairman and CEO Blumberg, Mr. Philip F. Blumberg who expressed keen interest in establishing scientific warehousing for food storage in the state.
While describing as a major achievement, the singing of an agreement with the leading company Google, the Chief Minister said that this move would take Haryana towards digitalization and would give further impetus to the Digital India Campaign of Central Government. He said that M/s Carrier Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Limited, a unit of United Technologies Corporation at Pratt and Whitney Plant has also decided to set up an additional plant for manufacture of air-conditioning devices in Gurgaon.
The proposed manufacture facility in Gurgaon would provide employment to more than 2,000 persons and bring an investment of $ 50 million.
He said that during India Diaspora interaction in New York, he urged the NRIs to adopt “Sweh Prerit Yojana” and contribute in the development process of their ancestral village in Haryana. He said that about 30 per cent people have assured him to adopt their villages in Haryana for development. He said that in Canada, he also visited farm houses, food processing units besides visiting tourists and religious places including Swami Narayan Temple.
In reply to a question, the Chief Minister said that the State Government has also urged the Central Government to include Gurgaon, as third city in the list of Smart Cities for which funding of Rs 100 crore per year would be made by the State Government. He said that Haryana has also signed a MoU for the development of smart cities in Haryana as the company has more expertise in this field.
In reply to another question, he said that the New Enterprises Promotion Policy-2015 would be reviewed after every three months and if any changes are required for the promotion of industries in the State, the same would be incorporated.
Haryana Industries Minister Capt. Abhimanyu, Chief Secretary Mr D.S Dhesi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr Sanjeev Kaushal, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr Rajesh Kullar, Principal Secretary Industries Mr Devender Singh, Managing Director HSIIDC Mr Vineet Garg, Media Advisor to Chief Minister Mr Amit Arya, Director General, Information Public Relations and Cultural Affairs Department Mr Abhilaksh Likhi were also present on this occasion.