Gurgaon: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday promised to go "extra mile" to support industry, enhance ease of doing business and provide supporting infrastructure -- within days of a massive Jat quota stir causing huge losses of thousands of crores of rupees.
Addressing investors and industrialists at the Happening Haryana Global summit here, Khattar also said that the investment commitments have reached Rs 3 lakh crore on the first day itself of the two-day event and his government has lined up major economic policy reforms in the coming days.
"If you choose this ancient land for your future business karma, I promise that you will never find my government hesitating, or, wanting, in going the extra mile to support your venture. Our Enterprise promotion policy, 2015 is just a beginning. We have planned some major economic policy reforms in the coming days," Khattar said in his keynote address.
The Chief Minister said when the event was conceived five months ago, it was designed as the first event towards realising the goal of achieving an investment of Rs 1 lakh crore or USD 16 billion set when the policy was announced in August 2015.
"But now, I am told by our Chief Secretary that the commitments so far had already exceeded this target by two hundred per cent. We hope by tomorrow, this number will see a still more substantial increase. This reflects a resounding endorsement of our policy commitments and an appreciation of the steps taken by my government to implement these," he said.
Hinting at some major reforms, Khattar said the state government has planned to amend the Factories Act to exempt industrial units, using power and employing less than 20 workers, and also, units not using power and employing less than 40 workers.
The Payment of Wages Act will also be amended to remove the anachronistic condition that wages must be paid in cash to workers drawing salary of up to Rs 18,000 per month.
Listing some of the key initiatives taken to make things easy for investors, Khattar said Haryana has already ended the uncertainty over future enhancements in the cost of industrial plots, launched e-biz portal, introduced automatic CLUs in 75 blocks, and set up a unique three-tier grievance redressal system, for both existing and new investors.
"Whatever little remains, is in the works and would be yours, very soon," he added.
On further improving connectivity, he said the 54-km-long Manesar Palwal section of the KMP Expressway would be inaugurated later this month.
Also, the Kundli Manesar section will be made ready in exactly 343 days from on Monday.