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Haryana gets investment proposals worth Rs 100,000 crore

Written by: Staff

Chandigarh, Mar 4: Haryana attracted an investment of Rs 8000 crore and the state government received proposals worth over Rs one lakh crore during the past one year, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said today.

Talking to news agency reporters on the eve of completion of one year of the Congress government, he said the turnaround in the industrial sector in Haryana became possible due to the investor-friendly industrial policy and the improvement of law and order in the state which had deteriorated during the previous Chautala government.

''The confidence of the entrepreneurs has been restored in Haryana once again and the sense of insecurity, which was prevalent during the Chautala regime, is now gone,'' he said.

Haryana had already achieved the highest per capita income among all the states of the country, he said and asserted that within five years, it would become the number one state in all respects.

He said 20 Special Economic Zones (SEZs) would be set up in the state with an investment of Rs 87,000 crore. Of these, ten SEZs had already been approved by the Centre.

Besides the industrial development and the restoration of law and order, he said his government had taken a number of decisions for the welfare of the farmers, employees, women, dalits and backward classes.

The government waived arrears of electricity bills of rural consumers worth Rs 1600 crore and substantially raised the floor rates for the acquisition of the farmers' land, he said.

To ensure equitable distribution of water within the state, he said the government started the construction work for the Rs 260 crore Bhakra Main Line Hansi-Butana link canal. It also undertook construction of the Rs 267 Dadupur-Nalwi canal to utilise the surplus Yamuna water.

To tackle the power crisis in the state, Mr Hooda said his government had set a target to generate an additional 5000 MW of electricity within three and a half years.

Regarding his party's pre-poll promise to take action against the alleged acts of corruption by former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, he pointed out that the CBI had already taken up the disproportionate assets case against Mr Chautala and his family members. He also said his government was ready to ''give the maximum relief'' to those employees who were retrenched during the Chautala regime. The cabinet sub-committee, looking into the matter, would file its report by March 18 and the government was willing to go an extra mile in this regard, he added.

On the controversy over his government's move to remove the name of late Haryana strongman Devi Lal from the Panipat Power Plant, he said the decision was taken in view of the historic importance of the city of Panipat after which the project was originally named.

''I have respect for Mr Devi Lal and the decision was not taken to belittle him in any way,'' he said and pointed out that the government had not changed the name of the Sirsa university which also was named after Mr Devi Lal.

On the SYL issue, Mr Hooda said he was confident that the Supreme Court verdict would come in Haryana's favour and the state would get it due share of the Ravi-Beas waters from Punjab.

''We are not begging anything. We are asking for our right and we are sure that we will get it,'' he said.

To a question, he said the state government was ready for an out of court settlement of the water dispute if any such proposal came forth.

He denied that the factionalism in the Haryana Congress was causing him problems in the smooth running of the government.

''There are no problems in the party. There are differences of opinion as the Congress is a democratic party but you can't call it dissidence,'' he added.


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