Days after a violent quota agitation by Jat community in Haryana, the state government announced that the global investors summit will be held as per schedule in Gurgaon between March 7 and 8, but as a toned down, “business only” affair.
Addressing a press conference at the venue of the summit, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said Wednesday that all “celebratory events”, including the Pravasi Haryana Divas, originally planned for the last day of the summit, will be postponed in view of the “prevailing atmosphere” of the state. Khattar hailed the “inherent resilience” of Haryana for the decision to continue with the summit despite “the difficult times”.
“We have faced some difficult times in the last few days. Despite this, investors have supported us and assured us that they will participate wholeheartedly in the summit. Many people are asking us why we are holding the investor summit after the events of the last 15 days, but the reason is that the people of Haryana have an inherent strength of resilience. We are also part of that society, so we are confident we can make the summit a great success,” said Khattar.
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The state government representatives said 800 registrations had been confirmed for the “Happening Haryana” global investors summit, which will be inaugurated by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
“We are confident that Haryana will become the preferred destination of investors… and this summit will be a success despite any doubts that people may have. All departments and Gurgaon district administration have been working very hard,” added Khattar.
State Industries Minister Captain Abhimanyu said: “In the last few days, Haryana witnessed a storm which was a sort of conspiracy. It did not just affect the economy and industry but the whole society and state. But as soon as the situation was stabilised we got calls from our global investors…telling us that such natural and unnatural disasters can happen anywhere.”
Asked about calling the Jat agitation a conspiracy, he said “the truth will be revealed” in the probe.
On investor confidence being shaken by the recent events, Abhimanyu likened the Jat agitation to Tamil Nadu floods, terming both as “unforeseen circumstances”. He claimed that representatives from Japan had called the CM to reiterate their participation as the event’s partner country.
He said the summit would be a “befitting reply” to naysayers.