Washington DC, USA: Members of My Himachal an NGO serving Himachal and Its people today called on delegation from Himachal Pradesh headed by Sh. Virbhadra Singh CM of Himachal Pradesh. The group apprised Mr. Singh of future scope and developmental needs of Himachal Pradesh in the field of Industrial growth, tourism development and biotechnology research technology.
Mr. Virbhadra Singh is visiting USA from October 7 to 12 heading a delegation comprising chief secretary Ravi Dhingra, finance secretary Arvind Mehta and other officials to hold discussions with the World Bank about funding of various projects and to hold meetings with the captains of industry in the USA to woo foreign investment.
Mr. Singh apprised the group of present development and future growth plans of his government. â€œThe development record of Himachal Pradesh is impressive, â€˜â€™ remarked Dr. Bhugol Chandel, president of My Himachal. â€œ These bank loans are very beneficial to the state. The 90 per cent grant through the Government of India make these loans a great value,â€ added Dr. Chandel.
The projects to be discussed during this visit include additional funds for the state road project to the tune of $ 412 million for which the PWD had already conducted feasibility studies.
The development policy loan of $200 million for the state had already been sanctioned by the bank. He will also hold meetings with the captains of industry in the USA to woo foreign investment.
“Efforts of present Government in securing World Bank aid for the development aid of Himachal Pradesh are really a great boon for the state,â€ said Avnish Katoch, General Secretary of My Himachal. The group members appreciated the efforts of the present delegate working for the developmental interest of Himachal Pradesh benefitting common people in the state.
Shimla: Chief minister Virbhadra Singh while addressing â€˜My Himachalâ€™ group in Washington on Tuesday asked NRIs of Himachali origin to take advantage of the various incentives being provided in the state for setting up industrial units.
The chief minister said immense opportunities are available in various sectors, and the economic growth rate of the state is more than that of the nation in industrial sector. He said the state is committed to increase the rate of development in all sectors.
Virbhadra is scheduled to meet World Bank executives and discuss the modalities for the $ 412 million roads project. An agreement for the fiscal reform package of $ 200 million, that has already been approved by the Bank, is also to be signed during the visit.
Appreciating â€œMy Himachalâ€ groupâ€™s efforts for setting up a Himachali origin association at the global level, he said it would help in promoting tourism in the state. He asked the group to organise cultural and social functions to give Americans an insight into the stateâ€™s cultural heritage.
Lauding the efforts being made by the group to start scholarships, Virbhadra said the government would provide all the assistance it can muster.
Shimla, October 9
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who is on a week-long official visit to the USA, has invited NRIs of Himachal origin to set up industrial units in the state.
Addressing a gathering of NRIs of the Himachali origin who called on him under the aegis of “My Himachal” group in Washington today, he said immense investment opportunities were available in various sectors in the hill state which had attained an higher growth than the national growth rate.
He also apprised them of various incentives and facilities being made available to the industries under the central package and exhorted them to take maximum benefit out of the concessions. Himachal Pradesh had developed excellent infrastructural facilities and was surplus in energy with added advantage of a peaceful industrial climate.
He congratulated “My Himachal” group members for setting up a Himachali Origin Association at the global level. He suggested that the association should organise social functions more frequently and invite native Americans to promote Himachali culture which would help project the state at the international level.
He appreciated the group for instituting scholarship schemes for deserving students in the state and undertaking other social and economic programmes in various parts of the state. President of the “My Himachal ” group Bhugol Chandel lauded the contribution of Virbhadra Singh in making Himachal a model for development of hill areas. He said that members of his group would act as ambassadors of goodwill from Himachal Pradesh to project its distinct cultural and historical identity to help boost tourism.
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NGO members call on Virbhadra in US
Pioneer News Service | Hamirpur (HP)
Members of “My Himachal” a US based NGO serving Himachal and its people called on Virbhadra Singh Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh in Washington on Tuesday.
The group apprised Singh of future scope and developmental needs of Himachal Pradesh in the field of industrial growth, tourism development and biotechnology research technology, according to reports received here.
Virbhadra Singh is on a visit to the USA from October 7 to 12 heading a delegation comprising of Chief Secretary, Ravi Dhingra, Finance Secretary, Arvind Mehta and other officials to hold discussions with the World Bank about funding of various projects and to hold meetings with the captains of industry in the USA to woo foreign investment.
Singh apprised the Himachal group about the present development and future growth plans of his Government. “The development record of Himachal Pradesh is impressive,” remarked Bhugol Chandel, president of My Himachal, the delegation head to the Chief Minister.
The projects to be discussed during this visit include additional funds for the State road project to the tune of $ 412 million, for which the PWD had already conducted feasibility studies.
The development policy loan of $ 200 million for the State had already been sanctioned by the bank. The Chief Minister will also hold meetings with the captains of industry in the USA.
“Efforts of present Government in securing World Bank aid for the development of Himachal Pradesh are really a great boon for the State,” said Avnish Katoch, General Secretary of My Himachal.
It was a pleasant surprise to learn about Swan river project. Something towards progress and growth. Nothing much could be done in this resourcefully rich state for the last 40 years due to the lack of vision and organizational skills in the politicians. Himachal though had never been burdened by young generations for its employment. After seeing no employment, many leave the state and find out work for them in other states and even other countries. State has hardly been able to make out its salaries to existing employee from its revenue in the past and had been in a state of almost bankruptcy. A little industrialization started during last five years came to rescue a bit.
Unfortunately leaders do not understand the strength of state resources and as failed to drove the state on the way of progress. Their first preference is to remain a show man. Half of the legislatures do not know the income and expenditure details of the government. Chief minister obviously feel comfortable getting support of those who donâ€™t have knowledge and vision except getting some budget on the name of development, a few transfers of friend and relations, promotions/care of some of the well wishers during the tenure.
NRIs keen to invest in the state
Shimla, Oct 10
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh who is on a week long trip to the United States has said that the environment for non-polluting industries exists in Himachal Pradesh.
The members of the NRI association â€˜My Himachalâ€™ who met the Chief Minister exhibited keen interest for setting up industries in their home state.
Chief Minister acquainted the members of the group about the changes which have transformed the state which now is ideally suited for expanding the industrial base. He said surplus energy and peaceful industrial climate is available in the state.
Singh said because of the development that has taken place the state which was an under developed state only 4 decades ago is now a model state among the hill states of the country. It is now on the move to join the line of developed states.
Virbhadra Singh told them about the immense opportunities available in various sectors and said that economic growth rate in the state was more than the national growth rate. He informed the members about the various incentives and facilities available under the Central industrial package and invited them to take maximum benefit of the concessions.
Virbhadra appreciated the efforts of the â€˜My Himachalâ€™ group for their move to preserve the identity of the state which is known as the land of Gods in a country which respects the traditions of this land.
He lauded the efforts being made by the â€˜My Himachalâ€™ association for initiating scholarship schemes for the deserving students of the state.
He appreciated their spirit of commitment to the social cause under which programs have been launched by them to improve the social and economic conditions of the people.
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