The State Government has succeeded in signing memorandum of understandings (MoUs) worth Rs. 22,964 crore during the last about one and a half years, which shows it's the intention to make Himachal Pradesh industrial hub of the country.This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the review meeting of Investment Target/MoU/Himachal Vikas Samiksha/CM Helpline/CM announcement/ Employment Generation Target etc. here today.The Chief Minister said that the state government has set a target of attracting investment worth Rs. 85,000 crore which include Rs. 20,000 crore investment in hydro and renewal energy, real estate, urban development infrastructure, transport and logistics. Similarly, target of attracting investment worth Rs. 15000 crore and Rs. 10,000 crore have been fixed for manufacturing and pharmaceutical and in tourism, hospitality and civil aviation respectively.Besides, targets have been fixed for attracting investments worth Rs. 5,000 crore each in sectors like agri-business, food processing and post harvest technology, wellness, health care and Ayush, information technology and electronics, education and skill development, he added.Jai Ram Thakur said that the state government held road shows at Frankfurt in Germany, Amsterdam in Netherlands, Dubai in UAE and in Mumbai to woo the reputed industrial houses to invest in the state by showcasing immense investment potential of the state. He personally had one to one talk with business tycoon such as Rattan Tata, Mukesh Ambani, Adi Godrej and Anand Mohindra etc. All the industrial houses have showed keen interest for investment in Himachal Pradesh, he said.
The Chief Minister said that the officers should adopt proactive approach to ensure that all the MoUs sees the light of the day. The holistic approach must be adopted while attracting investments by not only focusing in industries alone but ensuring optimum harnessing of key areas such as power, tourism, eco-tourism, wellness centres, IT, food and fruit processing, adventure sports and renewable energy etc. He said that the mega Global Investor Meet was being organised at Dharamshala on 7-8 November this year. He directed the officers to work with commitment and dedication to make the event a success.He said that concrete steps must be initiated to sign MoUs with the potential entrepreneurs. There was immense potential available in the health sector and the state can become a most favoured destination in the country for setting up of wellness centre, health resorts and super speciality hospitals. He said that salubrious climatic conditions of the state were also well suited for best private educational institutions. The efforts must be made to attract investment in setting up of premier educational and technical education institutions in the state.The Chief Minister said that road in the industrial areas of Baddi-Brotiwala-Nalagarh and Dharamshala must be improved by 15 October this year as these reflects the quality of infrastructure available in the state to the visiting entrepreneurs during the Global Investor Meet. He said that investors must get world class infrastructure, only then they could be motivated to invest in the state.He said that 164 MoUs have been signed and uploaded in Him Pragati which is a platform where the investors could raise their issues.
He said that all the concerns of the promoters raised through Him Pragati must be resolved to facilitate the investors. He said that proper land bank must be established and displayed online to the potential entrepreneurs.Jai Ram Thakur directed the officers to give the wholehearted cooperation for the redressal of public grievances. He said that the Chief Minister Helpline would not only ensure speedy resolution of public grievances but also reduce footfall in the government offices.It was informed in the meeting that out of total 1000 announcements of the Chief Minister, 641 have been implemented and 351 were under process. The Chief Minister directed the officers to expedite the implementation of these announcements.Industries Minister Bikram Singh said that the state was fast emerging ahead on the path of progress and prosperity under the leadership of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. It was due to the visionary leadership of the Chief Minister that the state government was organising Global Investor Meet.Additional Chief Secretary Dr. Shrikant Baldi conducted the proceedings of the meeting while Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu proposed vote of thanks.Chief Secretary B.K. Agarwal, Additional Chief Secretaries Ram Subhag Singh, Nisha Singh, Manoj Kumar and R.D. Dhiman, Principal Secretaries Prabodh Saxena, J.C. Sharma, K.K. Pant, Onkar Sharma, DGP S.R. Mardi, Secretaries Dr. R.N. Batta, Dr. Purnima Chauhan, Dinesh Malhotra and Akhay Sood, Heads of departments and other senior officers were present in the meeting.