The State Government’s decision to strictly implement the provision of providing employment to 70 percent Himachali’s in the industrial units and other various projects in the State shows the commitment of the present Government towards opening the gates of employment for the youth. Hailing the initiative taken by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and Industries Minister, Mukesh Agnihotri, with Union Government for extension in Industrial package for the State, Vice-Chairman, HRTC, Kewal Singh Pathania, said that the recent high level meeting the GoI for extending the Industrial package till 2020 and State Government’s projected requirement of Rs. 1500 crore for strengthening of industrial infrastructure and facilities would give further impetus to industrial investment. He said that this shows the commitment of the government towards establishing more industrial units in the State by inviting entrepreneurs to set up their business houses and ensure employment to the un-employed youth.
Pathania said that the main aim was to give fillip to medium and small scale industries in the State and inviting entrepreneurs for the same so as to create more employment opportunities to the unemployed youth. He lauded the proposal of the Chief Minister, who he said, was committed to make Himachal Pradesh an Industrial hub in real sense. He said that the Chief Minister had strongly pleaded the case for extension of Industrial Incentive Package for the State and inviting Leading Industrial Houses to invest in pollution free environment of the State.
He said that the Union Ministry for Industries and Textiles, on the request of the HP State Industries Minister had agreed in principle to sanction Rs. 95 crore under the Assistance to States for Infrastructural Development of Exports (ASIDE) and had also assured to consider proposals under Industrial Infrastructure Up-gradation (IIUS) Scheme for strengthening Industrial Infrastructure in the State.