Dharamshala: PM Narendra Modi was accorded rousing welcome on his arrival at Dharamshala to preside over the inaugural session of Rising Himachal Global Investors Meet (GIM) today. He was received at SAI ground by CM Jai Ram Thakur. Governor Bandaru Dattatreya, Cabinet Ministers, formerCM Shanta Kumar, MP Kishan Kapoor . Brand Ambassador for Investors’ Meet and famous Bollywood actress Yami Gautam presented Himachali cap and shawl, a symbol of respect on behalf of the people of the State, to Prime Minister at the venue. Local performers dressed in colourful traditional attire amidst the soothing sound of traditional musical instruments also welcomed the Prime Minister to the ‘abode of the Gods’.
On this occasion, Prime Minister also released the Coffee Table Book ‘Investors Haven Rising Himachal’.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the people of the State were fortunate that Himachal Pradesh was always close to the heart of Prime Minister, as it was the second visit of the Prime Minister to the State within a period of one year which shows the love and affection he had towards the State and its people. “Be it your visit to Israel wearing the Himachali cap, or your mention of ‘Chicago to Shimla’ in the recent ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston, USA, you have brought Himachal Pradesh to the global arena”, said that Chief Minister.
Jai Ram Thakur said that under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister the nation was changing and so was the economy and image of the country. He said that vibrant Gujarat event organised by Shri Modi as Chief Minister of Gujarat has showed the way to attract investment for the State. He said that inspired by the success of Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh also decided to organise the Meet to woo investment for the State. CM said that the State Government took the historic decision of showcasing State’s immense potential for investment through Rising Himachal- Global Investors’ Meet with the objective of providing further impetus to a sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development in the State.
He said that three international roadshows and six domestic roadshows and conclaves were organised within the state and the State also had meetings with Ambassadors from over 50 countries. He said that state government has set a target of attracting investment of Rs. 85,000 crore and has so far signed 603 MoUs for the investment of Rs 92,439 crore.
Jai Ram Thakur said that Himachal was keen at developing it as the hub of research and development in pharmaceuticals and establish it as bulk drug pharma hub thereby reducing the nation’s import bill. He said that pristine beauty, cleanest air in the country, peaceful environment, cultural diversity and linguistic plurality makes Himachal Pradesh is one of the most visited states in the country. The state offers visitors a variety of choices such as adventure, wildlife, eco-tourism, heritage, spiritual etc. and the Government was committed to make sustainable tourism as one of the prime engines of growth in the state by establishing it as a leading global sustainable tourism destination.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the State offers attractive incentives under the Industrial Investment Policy to boost industrialisation across the State and make it more attractive and industry-friendly. He urged the investors to make the ‘Dev Bhumi’ as their ‘Karm Bhumi’. He said that the State would soon establish the Investment Promotion Authority in the State to facilitate investments. He said that State Government has also approved a scheme for addressing legacy cases of VAT regime.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the two-day Meet would provide a platform to bring together heads of the state, leaders from the corporate world, senior policymakers, development agencies, heads from institutions of international repute and academia from across the world to further boost socio-economic development in the State.