Embassy of India
Washington DC

Press Release

Washington, DC
August 20, 2015
During a two-day visit from 18-19 August 2015, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Haryana Mr. Manohar Lal Khattar met Government officials, business leaders, think tank experts, academicians and India-American community leaders in Washington D.C. and State of Maryland. He is currently leading a 30-member delegation of officials from the Government of Haryana and top Indian businesses on a visit to the United States and Canada. Primary objective of the visit is to present Haryana as a promising destination for doing business. The Hon'ble Chief Minister highlighted the steps taken by his Government to improve doing business environment in Haryana. He invited U.S. investors to Haryana in sectors such as IT, renewable energy, transportation, defense and food processing. Haryana's Industries Minister Capt. Abhimanyu lauded the success of the Indian-American business community and invited them to share their experience, skills and talent for the growth and development of India.

In order to facilitate investment in the State, the Haryana government has released a new Enterprise Promotion Policy 2015. One of the key goals of this new policy is a single window clearance system. An Enterprise Promotion Board will be set up which will have an Empowered Executive Committee to ensure that all clearances required for the establishment of new business are granted within two months so that enterprises can run in a NIRBAADH (New Industrial Regulation by Automatic Approval and Delegation in Haryana) manner. Haryana is providing VAT subsidy, interest subvention, employment subsidy, stamp duty reduction etc to further encourage investment through VISTAR scheme. The Enterprise Promotion Policy launches an Ultra Mega Projects Scheme which will provide incentives to investment projects including allotment of more than 500 acres of land if the investment is more than $1 billion.

Some of the flagship projects where the Haryana government is inviting investments include: a 100 acre Global City of Gurgaon project, an Integrated Multi Modal Logistics Hub in Southern Haryana; a Mass Rapid Transport System as part of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project; and a Global Economic Corridor along the 135 kilometers long orbital road around Delhi, where Entertainment, Tourism, Medical and Industrial Theme Parks are being planned. The government has also proposed the development of Industrial Model Townships at Bidhal Lath (600 acres) and at Madina (3400 acres) under the PPP Model, where investments are sought.

To reduce the cost of doing business, FINE (Financial Incentives and No Enhancement) scheme has been launched along with PRANETA (Professionals and New Entrepreneur Tax Assistance) scheme. A Foreign Investment & Non-Resident India (NRI) Cell will also be established to facilitate foreign investments and handle NRI related issues. The Haryana State is promoting micro, small and medium enterprises by providing support to this sector.

During his visit to Washington D.C., the Hon'ble Chief Minister unveiled the Haryana Government's plans to set up "Kalpana Chawla Medical University" near Karnal seeking collaboration with Bloomberg School of Public Health of the Johns Hopkins University. He also met with Lieutenant Governor of Maryland Boyd Rutherford and discussed ways to promote two-way business and investment between the State of Haryana in India and the State of Maryland in the U.S. The Hon'ble Chief Minister visited the Arlington National Cemetery to pay tribute to the crew of the 2003 Columbia space shuttle mission, among whom was the late Kalpana Chawla who was originally from Karnal, Haryana. Ms. Chawla was the first Indian-American astronaut in space. The Chief Minister paid floral tributes to Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi at the Embassy of India in Washington D.C. and also met with the community leaders.


Sridharan Madhusudhanan

Minister (Press, Information & Culture)
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