Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said that Chhattisgarh is the best state of the country for capital investment in industries.
Chhattisgarh holds top-most rank in the country in terms of investment in social sector. The state is progressing ahead at an accelerated pace with its resource optimization and better financial management for development.
Chief Minister was addressing ‘Think Progress, Think Chhattisgarh’ session organized for dialogue with industrialists, after inaugurating the newly-built ‘Convention Centre’ in Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Capitol Complex, Naya Raipur.
On the occasion, Dr Singh further said in his address to the industrialists that it is an excellent opportunity to get associated with the bright future of commerce and industry of Chhattisgarh.
State Government is making every possible effort to encourage participation of industries in development of the state. Pollution-free industries such as IT, Electronics, Food Processing and Solar Energy are on the priority list of State Government for promotion.
Commerce and Industry Minister Mr. Amar Agrawal, PWD Minister Mr. Rajesh Moonat, Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation Chairman Mr. Chhagan Mundra, Chief Secretary Mr. Ajay Singh, Chief Minister’s Principal Secretary Mr. Aman Kumar Singh, Secretary Industry and Commerce Dr Kamalpreet Singh were also present on the occasion.
The Convention Centre, inaugurated today at hands of Chief Minister, has been established in Naya Raipur at the cost of nearly Rs 25 crore by Chhattisgarh Development Corporation, undertaking of State Government’s Commerce and Industry Department.
This newly-built centre has auditorium of 750-seat capacity, five seminar halls and an exhibition hall of nearly 20 thousand sq foot. After the inaugural programme, Chief Minister visited various stalls at the Commerce and Industry Exhibition. He also released coffee-table book named ‘Advantage Chhattisgarh’, on the occasion.
In the programme, Chief Minister said that Chhattisgarh is home to 2% per cent population of the country, while its contribution in core sector industries such as Steel, Cement, Power, and Aluminum is nearly 20%.
Chhattisgarh is blessed with natural resources, and it also offers skilled manpower, along with political stability, better road, rail and air-connectivity, quality power supply and State Government’s industry-friendly policies.
Informing about the better economic condition of the state, Chief Minister said that in last 18 years, GDP of Chhattisgarh has increased from Rs 30 thousand crore to Rs two lakh 90 thousand crore. In this duration, State Government’s budget has increased from Rs nine thousand crore to Rs 92 thousand crore.
Chhattisgarh will soon join the club of state’s with budget of Rs one lakh crore. In the same duration, per capita income of the state has increased from Rs 10 thousand to Rs 92 thousand.
Chhattisgarh has maintained the status of revenue surplus for last 13 years. Reserve Bank of India has lauded Chhattisgarh for its better financial management. Chhattisgarh has the lowest debt in the country.
Chief Minister mentioned that STate Government has arranged additional resources worth Rs 600 crore through public-private partnership model (PPP-model). Railway Network worth Rs 13 thousand crore is being established in state on PPP model.
Commerce and Industry Minister Mr. Amar Agarwal said that industrial progress and economic growth are the top priorities of Chhattisgarh Government. Chhattisgarh is a live example of peaceful environment for industries.
MoUs worth Rs three lakh crore have been signed for establishing industries in the state, out of which production in 30-32 per cent industries has already started. Chief Secretary Mr. Ajay Singh said that State Government has industry-friendly IT policy, Industrial police and logistics policy.
The programme was also addressed by India’s Consulate in Shanghai Mr. Anil Kumar Rai, CII Chhattisgarh Chapter Chairman Mr. Pankaj Sarda, Ravin Group Chairman cum Managing Director Mr. Vijay Karya, Co-Founder of Fret Bazar Mr. Ganesh Revanvar. Chief Editor of Times Group Mr. Mihir Bhatt gave welcome speech. On the occasion, Chairman of Sarda Group Mr. Kamal Sarda, General Manager of Hira Group Mr. Bajrang Lal Agrawal, Director Commerce and Industry Mrs. Alermelmangai D and many industrialists were also present.>