The Indonesian delegation led by its Ambassador in India Lt Gen (Retd) Andi M Ghalib,met Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda here on Thursday and discussed various investment possibilities in Haryana. The state will also explore the prospects of import of coal from Indonesia.
During the discussion,Ghalib apprised the chief minister that as many as 33 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had been signed between India and Indonesia to increase cooperation and development in the various sectors. In the meeting,Hooda apprised Ghalib that in 2005,when he took over as the chief minister of Haryana,the state stood at 14th place in per capita investment in the country and now it had reached the number one spot. The state ranks at number two in per capita income after Goa,Hodda said.
Referring to steps taken by the present state government to bring qualitative improvement in the educational system,Hooda said Haryana would emerge as an education hub. He also asked Principal Secretary Chhatar Singh to explore the possibility of importing coal from Indonesia. Hooda said there is an increased demand of coal due to the setting up of four new thermal power plants in the state.
Describing Haryana as the land of opportunity,Ghalib said that being adjacent to Delhi and due to its investment friendly atmosphere,there were ample possibilities of investment in Haryana. He also talked about the religious importance of tourist destinations of Indonesia – Sumatra and Java – and said the famous Bali Temple in Indonesia is the centre of attraction for the tourists of various countries.
The chief minister also expressed concern over the earthquake in Indonesia on Wednesday.