Haryana’s violence-hit districts too get investment promise

Chandigarh, March 9 (IANS) A fourth of the promised Rs.5.84 lakh crore investment in Haryana during the just-concluded ‘Happening Haryana’ global investors’ summit has been made for three districts worst affected by violence during the recent Jat agitation for reservation, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Wednesday.

The investors’ summit saw MoUs worth Rs.5.84 lakh crore being signed by MNCs and leading industrial and business houses in the country with the Haryana government.

“Thirty-seven MoUs had been signed for setting up 19 projects with an investment of Rs 1.46 lakh crore in the three affected districts of Sonepat, Jhajjar and Rohtak,” Khattar told media here while giving details of major takeaways from the two-day summit.

“With 357 MoUs under the belt for a total intended and well-dispersed investment of Rs.5.84 lakh crore, and potential for five lakh jobs, Haryana has become the first state in north India to attract investment of such magnitude, and has emerged as the first preferred investment destination. This far exceeds the expectations of the government,” he said.

Claiming that all parts of Haryana will experience uniform development from the promised investment, Khattar said: “39 MoUs worth Rs.1.28 lakh crore have been signed for the districts which do not fall in the National Capital Region (NCR). It shows that the investors are interested in setting up ventures even in the remote areas of Haryana which are otherwise industrially backward.”

Out of the total, 10 percent of the MoUs have been signed with MNCs.

Khattar said that the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation would appoint relationship managers to facilitate the investors and ensure implementation of projects.

He said that 40 percent of MoUs have been signed for manufacturing projects, while 16 percent were for projects of over Rs.1,000 crore and 30 percent for of over Rs.100 crore.

“Two MoUs had been signed for aerospace and defence sector, 10 for education and skill development, 117 for manufacturing, 22 for real estate, 16 for infrastructure, 48 for agro, food processing and allied industries, 39 for energy, renewable energy and solar parks, 35 for electronics, Information Technology and IT Enabled Services, eight for pharmaceutical and chemical industry, 13 for automobiles, auto components and light engineering, 15 for textile, apparel, knitting, embroidery and technical textiles, nine for footwear and accessories and 23 in other sectors,” Khattar said.

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