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CMs hardsell their states to NRIs

Chief ministers of various states were competing with to woo investors at the 13th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) organised at Mahatma Mandir here.

Speaking at a session on investment opportunities in states, chief ministers of Punjab, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Haryana and Jharkhand deliberated on facilities offered by their states.

Talking about its growth plans and admitting that Punjab did not grown as much as it should, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said under the new Central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Punjab was working towards development. “We want to bring Punjab on the top in industrial production. In several places, it is a single-window clearance. We have moved ahead from it to ‘single person’ who will be assigned duties of all departments,” said Badal.

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan said his state had formed a single-door policy instead of a single window. “My peer Badal may have spoken of single window clearances but we don’t need any window in Madhya Pradesh. We have made a single door policy. Every Monday I meet investors along with my officials and quick decisions are taken,” Singh said.

Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu said, “The others talked about a single window and single door. We are relatively new state after bifurcation. It is difficult for us to compete with others. Hence, we will use computers. We will introduce single desks for investors to help them have complete access to information online.”

States like Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa emphasised the role of digitilisation in the governance. Anandiben Patel, chief minister of Gujarat highlighted on the government’s plan of making Gujarat a ‘smart state’ with emphasis on ‘smart schemes for welfare’, ‘smart economy’ and ‘smart governance’, Devendra Fadnavis, chief minister of Maharashtra declared that next year will be observed as a digital year in the state. “We are going to invest around Rs 1 lakh-crore towards infrastructure development in Maharashtra. We are also creating six to seven small urban centres with investment opportunities. We are also preparing a better IT policy and next year will be digital year for Maharashtra,” Fadnavis added.

Manohar Lal Khattar, chief minister of Haryana highlighted the presence of multi-nationals like Suzuki, Honda, IBM, Harley Davidson, Hollister, Agilent, Nestle, Harvel, Siemens, Denso, Yakult, and Danone, among others, manufacturing products such as passenger cars, two-wheelers, cranes, earthmovers, tractors, bicycles, sanitary ware, white goods, and footwear in the state.

“The Haryana government has made special provisions for non-resident Indians through policy and institutional mechanism. Up to 10 per cent of the industrial plots in each industrial estate, set up by the HSIIDC, are reserved for allotment to non-resident Indians and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), and for units with 33 per cent or more FDI in total investment,” Khattar said.

CMS’ PITCH AT PRAVASI BHARATIYA DIVAS

  • In several places, it is a single-window clearance. We have moved ahead from it to ‘single person’ who will be assigned duties of all departments
    Parkash Singh Badal,Punjab CM
     
  • My peer Badal may have spoken of single-window clearances but we don’t need any window in Madhya Pradesh. We have made a single-door policy
    Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Madhya Pradesh CM
     
  • The others talked about a single-window and single-door. We will use computers. We will introduce single-desk for investors to help them have complete access to information online
    N Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh CM
     
  • We are going to invest around Rs 1 lakh-crore towards infrastructure development in Maharashtra
    Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra CM
     
  • Up to 10 per cent of the industrial plots in each industrial estate, set up by the HSIIDC, are reserved for allotment to NRIs and Persons of Indian Origin
    Manohar Lal Khattar, Haryana CM

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