Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, on Saturday, held a marathon meeting with major industrial houses of the country at Kapurthala House in New Delhi to attract investment in Punjab.
Sukhbir assured that Punjab would offer full support to industrialists in setting up manufacturing units in the state.
Stating that he had proposed to give broadband connectivity to all 12,000-plus villages of Punjab, encourage telemedicine in remote villages and provide wi-fi connections in all towns in the next three years, the deputy CM said the Punjab government had already made preparations to acquire substantial land to create a land bank for the upcoming industry.
Sukhbir said an ordinance would be brought in the next cabinet meeting for constituting a special purpose vehicle for upkeep and maintenance of existing industrial areas.
Many industry giants, including Malwinder Singh (Fortis Healthcare), Sunil Kant Munjal (Hero Group), Gautam Thapar (Ballarpur Group), Kamal Oswal (Nahar Group), Rajiv Singh and Mohit Gujral (DLF Group), Atul Punj (Punj Llyods), Rakesh Bharti Mittal (Bharti Airtel Group), Neeraj Saluja (SEL Manufacturing), Manoj Gaur (Jay Pee Group), Rajinder Gupta (Trident Group), and Ashok Nambiar, representing Raunak Enterprises, attended the meeting.
Sukhbir, who also holds the charge of investment promotion, said that after making qualitative improvement in governance, his focus was on making industrialisation of Punjab an engine of growth to provide employment to youth and give a fillip to the state's economic growth.
It was decided to come up with a detailed plan for setting up industrial clusters and two modern townships, putting Amritsar on the international tourism map, taking major initiatives for skill development of the youth to make them employable in the industry and creating a "Smart City" in Punjab, apart from a Medicity and an Educity in the Greater Mohali Area.
A steering committee was constituted for improving civic infrastructure in cities with municipal corporation status. The committee will have three members each representing the government and the industry.
Besides, four sub-committees on infrastructure, industry, healthcare and skill development and IT were also constituted, which would give their suggestions by the next meeting.
It was also decided in the meeting that Sukhbir would lead a delegation of entrepreneurs to Pakistan in August to explore possibilities of improving bilateral trade ties with the neighbouring country.