Agri-Business, Food Processing policy under formulation: Min

Updated: March 12, 2018

Chandigarh, Mar 9 (UNI) Haryana Industries and Commerce Minister Vipul Goel said that state Agri-Business and Food Processing Policy 2018 is under formulation, which aims to attract an investment of Rs 3,500 crore and to generate 20,000 new job opportunities in this sector.

Speaking after the presentation of budget 2018-19 by Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu in the ongoing session of Assembly here on Friday, he underlined that the policy endeavours to give impetus for progressive growth in food processing industry in the state. It aims to create greater employment opportunities across the entire food value chain, thus promoting agriculture and rural prosperity.

He said that importance of industries in strengthening infrastructure and generating opportunities for employment cannot be denied. The state government came out with a path breaking Enterprises Promotion Policy-2015 aligned with Make in India, Digital India and Skilling India campaigns to propel the state to the next level of growth trajectory.

The Minister said that to attract investors to Haryana, the state government has set up single roof mechanism, Haryana Enterprise Promotion Centre, in February, 2017. Haryana is one of the only states in India which went ahead with the single roof concept and envisioned to have a single online portal for giving all industrial clearances and licences. All industrial approvals are being given online in a time bound manner, through the Centre. New Enterprise Promotion Policy has created congenial atmosphere for development of industries in the state.

As a result of the efforts made by the state government in creating a conducive environment for enterprises, Haryana today stands at number one rank amongst all states of the country in the rankings of Ease of Doing Business framework of the central government.

Mr Goel said that during the tenure of the present state government, fresh investment amounting to Rs 29,121 crore has been made, generating employment for 2,03,359 people in the private industrial enterprises. Additional investment of Rs 45,000 crores is under process in the on-going projects.

He said that the state government has recently approved the Haryana Textile Policy 2018 based on five key pillars namely, initiatives for infrastructure augmentation, fiscal incentives, support for skill training and entrepreneurship, interventions for khadi industry and facilitating new textile parks and clusters across state. The main objectives of the policy are to attract investment of Rs 5,000 crore in the textile sector, generate 50,000 new jobs in the textile sector, to boost textile exports and to achieve balanced regional growth.
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