Heated arguments were witnessed during a discussion Friday on the recently held Global Investors Summit in Haryana. Terming the summit held by the Haryana government as “unsuccessful”, MLAs of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) alleged that investors showed little interest in it. Haryana Finance and Industries Minister Capt Abhimanyu, however, said the event was a success and that the “frustration of the opposition over this seemed visible in their statements.”
Discussion on the issue was held during the calling attention motion on the issue. The INLD MLAs in their calling attention notice had stated: “Recently the government had organised a conference of industrialists at Gurgaon to convince them to invest in Haryana. There is great frustration and resentment in the people of Haryana because the programme failed to bring the investors practically. The conference of Gurgaon proved to be an unsuccessful meet as few investors showed interest, that too small investors and remained confined only up to the region of Gurgaon.”
Capt Abhimanyu said there was concern in the state when the growth rate in the manufacturing sector fell from eight per cent to four per cent. He said that some incidents happened in past years and it seemed that the industry was ready to shift out. The existing industry was not planning to set up new units here. He said that the government analysed the situation, involved the around 40 departments that were linked with industry and then prepared the Enterprises Promotion Policy. Capt Abhimanyu further said a number of reforms were introduced to ensure ease of doing business.
Talking about the impact of Jat agitation on the industry, Capt Abhimanyu said the industry appreciated the manner in which the Haryana government and the people of the state reacted to the situation. He said that it was after the confidence they expressed that the summit was held. He said as opposed to what was being said, MoUs in real estate were 18.3 percent of the total MoUs.