Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the state government was planning global investors meet during the month of June this year at Dharamshala for which active cooperation and support of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) was essential. He said that the meet would focus on a wide range of upcoming sectors such as tourism, electronics and information technology, education and skill development, health care and Ayush, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, infrastructure and logistics, power and renewable energy, agro and food processing.He was addressing the CII Himachal Pradesh State annual session 2018-19 and session on ‘Translating Aspiration into Reality: Building New Himachal’ here on Monday evening.Jai Ram Thakur said the state government has adopted a holistic approach for this investors meet so that investors could invest in any sector of their choice. The global investors meet would help in showcasing the immense investment potential of the state. He said that as many as 159 memorandum of understanding (MoUs) were signed on Monday at Shimla with different companies which would ensure total investment of about Rs. 17,000 crore and employment opportunities to over 40,000 people. He said that this was a step forward and a result of proactive initiative adopted by the State Government.The Chief Minister said that the state government would also ensure that the entrepreneurs get fast clearances from State Pollution Control Board.
The best possible infrastructure would be created in already established industrial areas such as Baddi, Barotiwala, Nalagarh, Kala Amb, Tahliwal etc. He said that the government would also ensure best law and order situation in the industrial areas and efforts would be made to redress all other issues and problems raised in the meeting. Industries Minister Bikram Singh Thakur said that the state government was committed to make Himachal Pradesh one of the best investment destinations in India. He said that apart from improving ease of doing business in the state, the government was open to the suggestions from the industrialists and Associations such as CII. The state government would also take some concrete steps to ensure that industrialisation did not suffer due to undue exploitation of transport unions.Chairman, CII, Northern Region Sachit Jain said that the state had immense potential for investment and was gradually emerging as a favourite destination for investment. He expressed hope that the global Himachal investor meet would go a long way in attracting investment to the state.CII Chairman, Himachal IMJS Sidhu apprised about various problems being faced by the industry sector. He said that transport union were the biggest constrain in industrialisation. He urged the Chief Minister to streamline property tax being leaved by the Urban Development Department.Additional Chief Secretaries Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Anil Khachi and Manoj Kumar, Director Industries Hansraj Sharma, Special Secretary Abid Hussain, Vice Chairman, CII Himachal Harish Agarwal, Member of CII Ankur Singh Chauhan and Captains of the industries were present the occasion among others.