Chandigarh, September 10 – Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal said that the State Government is determined to create an ecosystem in which the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ in the State matches and even exceeds the best global standards. We aim to increase the competitiveness of industry by reducing the cost of doing business, he added.
Mr Manohar Lal was addressing the inaugural Session of the 4th Invest North Conclave organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at New Delhi today. He said that the CII had been doing commendable work for the business community for decades. Such events as the one organised today provide us an opportunity to share our views with the industry representatives regarding our vision and development initiatives and receive feedback, he added.
He said that Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, had taken major initiatives, including ‘Make in India’, ‘Skilled India’, Digital India’, ‘Smart Cities’ and the ‘Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation’ and ‘Housing for All-2022’, to focus on some key challenges being faced by our nation.
Mr Manohar Lal said that the State Government was committed to developing infrastructure of international standards. “We have restarted work on the 136-kilometre-long Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway project that had been stalled for the last many years. While work has already commenced on the Palwal-Manesar section, work on the Kundli-Manesar section would soon be started. This project would help in de-congestion of the National Capital Territory (NCT) as the traffic from the northern parts of the country destined to other regions need not pass through NCT of Delhi, thus reducing pollution tremendously. We would develop sector specific hubs along the KMP Expressway corridor, he added.
He said that Haryana has the highest per capita income amongst the big states in India and the State GDP is growing at the rate of 7.8 percent annually. He said that to propel the State to a higher level of growth trajectory, we have come out with a path breaking “Enterprises Promotion Policy-2015”. This Policy envisions growth of the state GDP at a rate higher than eight percent, catalysing an investment of US$ 16.6 billion (Rs. one lakh crore) and generating employment opportunities for more than four lakh persons.
The Chief Minister said that the state government has launched various schemes like ‘NIRBAADH’ (New Industrial Regulation by Automatic Approvals and Delegation in Haryana), ‘FINE’ (Financial Incentives and No Enhancements), ‘VISTAAR’, ‘PRANETA’ (Professionals and New Entrepreneur Tax Assistance), ‘Maha Nivesh Yojana’ to provide conducive atmosphere for industrial growth. Haryana Skill Development Mission has been launched to provide employable skills to youth and a Skill Development University is also being set up in the State. He said that he had recently led a delegation to the US and Canada, where they were able to generate great response and garner investment proposals worth Rs. 10,000 crore. He said that uninterrupted power supply would be provided to the industrial cities starting from district Gurgaon and power supply at cheaper rates would be provided to less developed industrial cities to bring them at par with the developed cities.
Speaking on this occasion, Industries Minister Capt. Abhimanyu said that Haryana has about 1,670 large and medium enterprises which have catalysed investment of Rs 49,000 crore and generated employment for 3.36 lakh persons. Besides, there are around 90,000 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with total investment exceeding Rs. 15,000 crore and employing more than 8.9 lakh persons. It is evident that the bulk of employment is generated by MSMEs. He said that with the unemployment rate at 4.8 per cent, it is imperative to focus on the MSMEs for creation of employment opportunities and revitalisation of economic growth.
Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge) Ms Nirmala Sitharaman, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr Sanjeev Kaushal, Principal Secretary Industries Mr Devender Singh, Managing Director HSIIDC Mr Vineet Garg and Principal Resident Commissioner Mr Anand Mohan Sharan were also present on the occasion.