State government was coming up with new policies for Industry, Tourism, Warehouse & Logistics, Aroma, Information Technology, Electrical Vehicle, Film, and Ayush to provide more attractive incentives to the entrepreneurs interesting to invest in the State. This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the MoU signing ceremony under H.P. Global Investors Meet held here.
He said that never before such initiatives were taken by in the State. He said that efforts would be made to ensure online clearances under section 118 so as to ensure fast clearances of the projects. He said that a holistic approach has been adopted by the State government to attract investment in the State. He said that apart from Industries MoUs have been signed in Tourism, Wellness, Transport, Housing and Language, Art and Culture sectors etc.
The Chief Minister said that as many as 159 MoUs were signed today which would ensure total investment of more than Rs.17,000 crore and employment opportunities to over 40,000 people. He said that three MoUs were signed with Public Sector Undertakings for an investment amount of Rs. 1115 crore, 88 for Department of Industries for an investment amount of Rs. 5243 crore, 36 for Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation for an investment amount of Rs. 2810 crore, 17 for Department of Urban Development for an investment amount of Rs. 4332 crore,
One for Language Art and Culture for an investment amount of Rs. 25 crore, two for Health and Family Welfare for an investment amount of Rs. 685 crore, six for Ayurveda for an investment amount of Rs. 357 crore, one for Department of Information Technology for an investment amount of Rs. 10 crore and five MoUs were signed for Department of Transport for an investment amount of Rs. 2780 Crore.
Jai Ram Thakur said that being a small State Himachal Pradesh doing some big things and thus today the State was poised to emerge as the front runner State of the country. He said that being a hilly State with several geographical constraints but at the same time blessed with several topographical conditions offers the State immense potential for investment in various sectors.
He said that the State offers several attractions for the investors. He said that the State was a Dev Bhoomi, with almost zero rate of crime, responsive and accountable administration and investor friendly industrial policy.
He said that the State has three operational airports in Himachal Pradesh in Kullu, Kangra & Shimla and 63 operational helipads. He said that the State has a robust network of National Highways connecting every nook and corner of the State. He said that State offers great scope of investment in sectors like, tourism, education, healthcare, food processing etc.
The Chief Minister said that the new Industrial Policy aims to establish state-of-the-art infrastructure, promote manufacturing sector, enhance inclusivity, foster innovation and create employment opportunities across the sectors. He said that entrepreneurs/ industrialists willing to setup new industry or undertaking expansion would be entitled to 30% Capital Investment Subsidy subject to maximum of Rs. 5 crore on their plant and machinery under Industrial Development Scheme of DIPP, Government of India.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the State government was Planning Global Investors Meet during the month of June this year at Dharamshala which would focus on a wide range of upcoming and thriving sectors like Tourism, Electronics and Information Technology, Education and Skill Development, Healthcare and Ayush, Manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals, Infrastructure and Logistics, Power and Renewable Energy, Agro and Food Processing. He said that each of these sectors offers ample investment opportunities, while targeted sector-specific policy initiatives welcome and encourage investor interest.
The Chief Minister said that the State Government was endeavouring to make Himachal Pradesh one of the best investment destinations in India. The State places special emphasis on business partnerships for the development of micro, small and medium enterprises, he added. He said that since the present State Government came to power, it has put significant effort in improving ease of doing business in the State which was visible in the improved rankings done by the Government of India.
Jai Ram Thakur said that MoU was also signed under Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) Funds for preserving, publicising and managing four rich heritage monuments (Aaj Purani Rahoan Se) of the State viz Sapri Fort, Kalka Shimla Heritage Railway lines, Nirmand Parshuram Temple and Chitkul Village in Kinnaur. He said that this proposal is the first in leveraging the cultural heritage of the State under the Ministry of Tourism’s “Adopt a Heritage Scheme” that seeks CSR funding by corporate houses.
Industries Minister Shri Bikram Singh Thakur said that the State Government was committed to make sustainable tourism one of the prime engines of growth in the state by establishing it as a leading global sustainable tourism destination. He said that the State can also boost of conducive atmosphere, responsive administration and investor friendly industrial policy.
The Chief Secretary B.K. Agarwal welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries present on the occasion. He said that being the hilly State, Himachal Pradesh offers immense potential for the State. He said that the State has a vibrant talent pool and educational ecosystem. The state plays
host to a diverse range of premier institutes of national repute such as IIT Mandi and IIIT Una, etc., he added.
Additional Chief Secretary Industries Manoj Kumar presented vote of thanks.
Urban Development Minister Sarveen Chaudhary, Additional Chief Secretary cum Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Additional Chief Secretary Revenue and PWD Manisha Nanda, Additional Chief Secretary Tourism Ram Subhag Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Finance Anil Khachi, Principal Secretary Housing Prabodh Saxena, Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu, Secretary GAD Dr. R.N. Batta, Secretary LAC Dr. Purnima Chauhan, Director Industries Hansraj Sharma, Director Tourism C.P. Verma, Special Secretary Industries Abid Hussain, Captains of the industries were present the occasion among others.