The State Government celebrated the first groundbreaking event of the Rising Himachal Global Investors’ Meet at Shimla which was graced by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah as the chief guest of the event. The ceremony was historic in itself as the State Government was able to organise the event within two months of the Global Investors’ Meet.Home Minister also released Coffee Table Book ‘Sarvodaya Himachal’ on the occasion.Union Home Minister appreciated the efforts of the State Government for organising this Meet and thereafter succeeding in ensuring ground breaking of projects worth over Rs 13,000 crore. Amit Shah also visited the exhibition put by Satluj Jal Vidhyut Nigam Limited (SJVNL) and others on the occasion.Governor Bandaru Dattatraya also spoke on the occasion and greeted the State Government on completion of two years in office. He said that the State Government has initiated several welfare and development -oriented schemes in the State. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that State Government was able to achieve this feat, as the Government has been continuously working on improving upon the ease of doing business, doing away with unnecessary NoCs, simplifying rules and procedures, building an online single window system for approval and clearances. He said that this ground breaking ceremony was a befitting reply to those who were criticizing the move of the State Government for organizing Global Investors Meet at Dharamshala.Chief Minister said that MoUs worth Rs. 96,000 crore were signed with various prospective entrepreneurs by State Government. He said that he was personally monitoring the progress of all projects on ‘Him Pragati’ portal, wherein the Government officers and investors were on one platform to resolve issues on the day itself. The State Government had also brought in sector specific policies to make Himachal Pradesh an attractive destination for investors to give further impetus to investment eco-system, he added.
The groundbreaking ceremony of 240 projects of worth Rs. 13,656 crore was performed. Out of these, there were 112 projects from industries sector with investment worth Rs. 3157 crore. In Tourism sector there were 81 projects with an investment of Rs. 3322 crore. In the energy sector, Satluj Jal Vidhyut Nigam Limited (SJVNL) performed ground breaking for two projects with an investment of Rs. 2395 crore. Groundbreaking ceremony for projects in IT, Ayurveda, Housing and Health sectors were also performed on the occasion.The big MoU projects whose grounding breaking was performed were of SJVNL, Bharti Enterprises, Reliance Jio Info.com, ATS Infrastructure, Abbott Healthcare, Morpen Laboratories, Ambuja Cement, DGM Developers, Mankind Pharma, Mahindra Holidays and Resorts, Luxus Hotels and Resorts etc. Industries Minister Bikram Singh welcomed the Union Home Minister and other dignitaries present on the occasion. He said that the groundbreaking ceremony was a result of Global Investors' Meet organized by State Government at Dharamshala on 7th and 8th November this year. National BJP Working President J. P. Nadda, Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Singh Thakur, Speaker State Vidhan Sabha, Ministers, Deputy Speaker, former Chief Minister Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, State BJP President Satpal Singh Satti, Members of Parliament, MLAs, Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of various Boards and Corporations, former MPs and MLAs, Political Advisor and OSD to the Chief Minister, Chief Secretary Dr. Shrikant Baldi and other Senior Officers of the State Government and entrepreneurs were present on the occasion.