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30 per cent area in SEZs to be reserved for industries in Haryana

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Chandigarh, Mar 23 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today said that 30 per cent area in the Special Economic Zones (SEZs), being developed in the state, would be reserved for industries and the remaining area for commercial activities.

Addressing mediapersons at the press gallery of the Vidhan Sabha here , he said that steps were being taken to reserve some posts in these SEZs for the youth from the state so as to provide more job opportunities to them.

The Chief Minister said that proposals had been received for setting up SEZs in Ambala, Panipat, Sonipat and Panchkula.

Referring to the power shortage in the state, the Chief Minister said that discussions were going on with the Jindal Group for setting up a 1000 MW thermal power plant at Paligothra in Rewari.

He said that process had already started for setting up a 600 MW coal based power plant at Yamunanagar and two 1,000 MW thermal plants at Hisar and Faridabad. Besides this, gas based plants would also be set up for which Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) had assured to provide gas by 2008, he added.

He suggested that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of wheat should be at least Rs 700 per quintal. He said that it was necessary to provide the facilities of marketing and cold storages for boosting the diversification of crops.

Besides this, the Government was promoting contract farming and horticulture so as to generate more income for the farmers.

In reply to a question about the setting up of a new Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee in Haryana, Mr Hooda said that a committee had been constituted under the Chairmanship of the Agriculture Minister Harmohinder Singh Chatha in this regard.

This committee would tour the state to record views of Sikhs and submit its report upon which the Government would take the decision keeping in view their interests.

Mr Hooda informed that the committee formed under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Birender Singh to look into the matter of the retrenched employees had sought 15 days extension for submitting its reports.

The Chief Minister said that all the formalities were being completed for the setting up of a separate Women University which would not be a deemed University but a complete University.

In reply to a question about the murder of a plywood businessman at Kaithal, he said that nine people had been arrested in this regard so far.

UNI VKJ ARB BS1854

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