The State Government was committed to provide conducive, transparent and investor friendly work culture to attract investment in crucial sectors such as infrastructure, pharmaceutical, horticulture, agro, food & fruits processing, textiles, tourism, light engineering, cement, hydro-energy in the State. This was stated by Industries Minister Shri Mukesh Agnihotri while presiding over the Annual Session of CII HP State Council yesterday evening.
Shri Agnihotri said that it was due to the proactive co-operation of the CII that in Investors’ Meet under Emerging Himachal Campaign was successfully organized at Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Benguluru which had resulted in attracting investment proposals worth about Rs 2500 crore for the State. He said that the State Government was providing several incentives to the entrepreneurs to make Himachal Pradesh an 'Industrial Hub' of the country. He said that a 'H.P Investment promotion Cell' has been set up to draw new investment in the State.
Industries Minister said that New 'State of Art' Industrial Areas were being developed at Pandoga in District Una and Kandrori in District Kangra with an investment of Rs. 219 crore. A Technology Center was being developed at Baddi with an estimated cost of about Rs. 147 crore, he added. He said that in order to facilitate the entrepreneurs, approval for purchase of land for industrial units under Section-118 of H.P Tenancy and Land Reforms Act has being simplified and Floor Area Ratio for industries has been increased under the Town and Country Planning Act and Rules.
He said that blessed with picturesque scenic beauty and salubrious climatic conditions, Himachal Pradesh has immense potential in tourism sector. He said that the people of the State were expecting some concrete projects and proposals in the Union Budget for tourism development in the State, but it was ignored. Similarly, Himachal Pradesh was known as an Apple State of country, but the Union Government by ignoring the State decided to establish Horticulture Institute at Amritsar, he lamented.
Shri Agnihotri said that Tahliwal was emerging as a first industrial area in the State having piped gas for industrial use. He said that the State Government was contemplating to have more industrial areas in the State with this facility.
Shri Agnihotri said that the State Government has constituted a 'Industry Advisory Council' under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister to advise and monitor all the aspects of industrial growth in the State. He said that the State Industries Department along with all other line departments were working to provide an investor friendly portal where there would be only one web-enabled Common Application Form for seeking all approvals and clearances under the State Acts and Rules.
Acknowledging the role of private players in providing the desired impetus to the economy of the State, Shri Agnihotri urged the CII for its co-operation in augmenting the economy of the State. He said that for the benefit of the investors, an Inland Container Depot at Baddi was about to function, besides a Regional Center of
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade would soon be made functional at HIPA in Shimla. He said that a Food Park was coming up at Una and a Spice Park at Hamirpur.
Appreciating the initiative of CII in upgrading ITIs, Shri Agnihotri said that all leading industrial associations need to allocate resources for the vital work of building the capabilities of youth of the country.
Industries Minister released a Report on ‘Attracting Investments in HP' on the occasion.
Principal Secretary, Industries Shri R.D. Dhiman while addressing the session detailed various incentives being provided by the State Government for the entrepreneurs interested to invest in the State. He said that the State Government was working more pro-actively towards labour welfare.
Shri Shreekant Somany, Deputy Chairman CII Northern Region and Chairman and Managing Director Somany Ceramics Ltd. appreciated the efforts being made by the State Government for promoting Himachal Pradesh as an ideal investment destination. He said that recently the World Bank has appreciated the State for balancing economic growth with social inclusion and had emerged as one of the State with best human development outcomes in the country.
Chairman, CII Himachal Pradesh State Council Shri Arun Rawat welcomed the Industries Minister and other delegates. He also detailed various activities of the CII.
Vice Chairman CII Himachal Pradesh State Council, Shri Rajiv Aggarwal presented vote of thanks.
Director Grant Thornton Shri Kunal Sood gave presentation on 'Attracting Investment in Himachal Pradesh'. An Open House Session was held on the occasion, wherein delegates gave their valuable suggestions.
Chief Secretary, Shri P. Mitra, Principal Secretary Finance Dr Shrikant Baldi, Principal Secretary, MPP& Power and Excise & Taxation Shri S.K.B.S. Negi, Member Secretary State Pollution Control Board Shri Vineet Kumar, Director Industries Shri Rajinder Thakur and other senior officers of the State Government and delegates of CII participated in the Annual Session.