Nahan: Strongly pleading the case of Industrial package extension for Himachal, Chief Minister Prof Prem Kumar Dhumal said that state government was not leaving any stone unturned to get the package extended.
Addressing a gathering in the inaugural function of the united biscuits (UB) plant at industrial area Kala amb Chief Minister said that few states were opposing the industrial package for the state but they should be familiar with the fact that Industries were not migrating from Punjab and Haryana but Industrial groups were planning to open their new plants in Himachal to get the benefit of industrial package. He said that it was the state to sacrifice in armed forces, providing electricity and drinking water to other states of the country but now few neighboring states were opposing the package for Himachal. Chief Minister said that Union government was providing the industrialbenefits to state where the people were raising the weapon against the integrity of the country. Chief Minister was hinting the industrial benefits to Jammu and Kashmir. He also said that the state government would not tolerate unwanted strikes similar industrialists should know that discontented labor could not give better results. Chief Minister said that a united biscuit (UB) is the world third largest biscuit manufacturing group which would expand the business in near future.
Chief Minister said that 1724 industrial units were set up in the state during the current regime of the government with an investment of Rs. 2720.53 Crores. Moreover 19460 unemployed himachalis were provided employment during the period. He said that 2320 more industrial units with a propose investment of Rs. 11204.71 Crores are coming up in the near future which would generate employment for 98741 persons.
Chief Minister said that Industrial package sanctioned by former Prime Minister Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee proved a major factor in industrial development of Himachal Pradesh and expressed concern over its curtailment which might slow down the pace of industrialization in case it was not extended.
Chief Minister Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal revealed that energy conservation measures of the government has shown desired results and about 270 million units power had been saved during last two years with the use of CFL bulbs given to the consumers under Atal Bijali Bachat Yojna at a cost of Rs. 80 crores. He said that this scheme not only proved beneficial to the consumers but the state proved successful in saving energy and protecting the environment.
Prof Dhumal said that Himachal Pradesh had made pioneering efforts in protecting the precious environment and added that it was the first state of the Country to impose complete ban on the use of plastic carry bags.
Mr. Manoranjan Kalia, Industries and Commerce Minister of Punjab congratulated the management of United Biscuits Private Limited for launching an internationally acclaimed product in the country.
Mr. Jeff Van Der Eems, Chief Operating Officer, United Biscuits Private Limited detailed out the activities of the company in India and broad.
Chairman of the UB group Dr David fish was also present on the occasion. Interacting with Hindustan Times he said that it was the 16th plant of the UB group in the world.
Present on the occasion were Dr. Rajeev Bindal, Health Minister, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Chaudhary Sukh Ram, Mr. Chander Mohan Thakur, Chairman H.P. State Co-Operative Bank, Ms Shyama Sharma former Minister, Mr. Baldev Tomar District BJP President, Party leaders of BJP, Senior Officers of Administration and prominent persons of the area.