The state government is committed to make Himachal Pradesh an industrial hub of the country, for which several incentives have been provided to the potential entrepreneurs. This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while participating in the “Pioneers of North” programme of a popular electronic news channel at Chandigarh, today.The Chief Minister said that the state government was organising a Global Investor’s Meet during the month of November to attract the investors and eight key area have been identified for investment viz. agribusinesses, manufacturing and Pharma, tourism and hospitality, hydro and renewable energy, wellness and healthcare, housing and urban development, IT and ITeS, education and skill development.He said that till date as many as total 419 MoUs have been signed in different sectors with an investment of Rs 41,000 crores. As many as 93 MoUs were signed in Mini Investors Conclave held at Manali on Wednesday which would attract investment worth Rs. 2219 crore.Jai Ram Thakur said that the in the very first budget presented by the State Government, as many as thirty new schemes were announced, which was a record in itself and all of these have been implemented and are proving a major step in socio-economic development of the State. While relying to a question, the Chief Minister said that Himachal has robust infrastructure and investor friendly policies for the entrepreneurs. He said that special stress has been laid on early completion of four-lane roads projects and the government was also planning an international airport in Mandi district for which OLS survey has been conducted. After completion, this airport would prove to be boon to the tourists and entrepreneurs as well.
Jai Ram Thakur said that state government conducted three international road shows in Germany, Netherlands and UAE in the recent past and entrepreneurs of these countries showed keen interest in investing in Himachal.He said that the State has 7.9 percent share in the City Beautiful Chandigarh and he was in favour of amicable settlement of the issue.The Chief Minister said that in the general Assembly elections held in 2017, the people of the State voted for a change and the change was also for political generational shift. The state government from the day one was ensuring upliftment of the people and over all development of the State. The politics of vendetta has no place in his political sphere, he added.Jai Ram Thakur said that the government was thankful to the people of the State for providing wholehearted support to the BJP in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections. He said that the vote share of the BJP was highest in the country and the in Kangra Parliamentary seat the vote share was 72 percent, again highest in the country. It was for the first time in the history that the BJP candidates succeeded to get lead in all the 68 Assembly constituencies of the State.The Chief Minister said that the biggest achievement of the Union Government during the first hundred days in office was to scrap the Article 370 from Jammu Kashmir, thereby paving the way for one nation one Constitution. He said that since his ABVP days, he was keen to see the Article 370 being scrapped in his life time. We all are thankful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making our dream to transform into reality, he added.Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government was making all out efforts to explore new horizons in the field of tourism and the government has initiated ‘Nai Rahein-Nai Manzilein’ scheme to develop virgin destinations of tourism importance. He said that prominent places are being developed for tourism point of view like Chanshal valley of Shimla for skiing, Janjehli valley of Mandi as eco-tourism destination and Bir-Billing as adventure sports and Pong of Kangra as a water sports destination in the first phase under the scheme.He honoured a few achievers of the North India for excelling in different fields on this occasion. Aanchal Thakur, Sachin Ahujha, Anupam Gupta, Padmashri Dr. Omesh Bharti, Kuldeep Sharma, Amit Kapoor, Ashok Sethi, Varun Ratan, J.P Singh, Palvinder Singh, Dheeraj and Bhavesh Kumar were amongst who were honoured by the Chief Minister.Union Minister of State Somesh Prakash was also present in this occasion.