New Delhi: Mr Bhupesh Baghel, Chief Minister, Chhattisgarh, made a strong push for investments in the state and emphasized that the purpose of the government is to aid entrepreneurs and never to harass them. He promised all kinds of facilities to industrialists willing to set up shop in the state.
Speaking at the 92nd Annual Convention of FICCI on the theme ‘India: Roadmap to a $5 Trillion Economy’ Mr Baghel said, “Chhattisgarh is the 9th largest state, has a population of 2 crore 80 lakh which is much less than the population of the country, and has 40% forest cover. But still, industry has been limited predominantly to the core sectors.”
The Chief Minister highlighted Chhattisgarh’s immense potential in eco-tourism, food processing, agro-forestry, etc, and said that the herbs and medicinal plants available in the state’s forests would provide a wealth of resources to pharmaceuticals companies willing to make the state their base.
The Chief Minister said that the state’s new industrial policy looks to promote sustainable and inclusive industrial development across sectors. The policy is very flexible and provides incentives across many sectors, he added. Mr Baghel also assured the industry that single window clearance works in its true spirit in the state.
“Chhattisgarh is currently one of the fastest-growing states and is not impacted by the economic slowdown, considering the inclusive development schemes and policies adopted by the state government,” Mr Baghel said. He added that a focus on development in the backward areas of the state has helped to win the confidence of the people which has proved to be a major dent to Maoist mobilization.
Dr Jyotsna Suri, Past President, FICCI, suggested an investor summit in Chattisgarh to attract investments in the state. The Chief Minister agreed to the proposal and urged FICCI to spearhead the initiative.
Mr Sandip Somany, President, FICCI, complimented Mr Baghel for his understanding of grassroots issues and constant focus on inclusive development. He highlighted the Chief Minister’s initiatives to boost agriculture, rural economy and industrial development in Chhattisgarh.
Mr Somany added, “The Indian growth story is nothing but an aggregation of the growth at the state level. The country now aspires to become a $5 trillion economy by 2025. Reaching this milestone will be incumbent upon the performance of the states.”
Dr Sangita Reddy, President-elect, FICCI, while presenting the vote of thanks, assured FICCI’s full support in realizing the shared vision for sustainable and inclusive development of Chhattisgarh.