Haryana govt to go ahead with investor summit, sans glitz

  • Hitender Rao, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 26, 2016 13:42 IST

Bruised after a spell of quota violence in the state, the BJP government in Haryana on Thursday decided to go ahead with the Investors’ Summit on March 7 and 8 in Gurgaon sans razzmatazz.

The state government, though, has decided to drop the Pravasi Haryana Divas scheduled for March 9. The summit’s fate had become uncertain after large-scale arson and violence rocked several districts of the state.

Industries and commerce minister Capt Abhimanyu, who chaired a meeting on Thursday to take a call on the fate of Happening Haryana Global Investor Summit, told HT that the government had decided to conduct the summit in a simple and sober manner.

“Despite the fact that there was turmoil, we don’t think that there is any negative sentiment as far the investment climate is concerned. We are going ahead with the summit in a business-like manner to ensure that Haryana remains on track as far as economic development and growth is concerned, which will spur employment generation,” the minister said.

Capt Abhimanyu said they had decided to cancel the Pravasi Haryana Divas. “Also, celebratory events such as a golf session and a cultural evening at Kingdom of Dreams during the summit have been called off. The glitz and glamour has been done away with,” he said.

The industries minister said they would work hard towards maintaining a positive investment climate in the state. “The targeted memoranda of understanding will be inked during the summit,” he said. Sources said the tagline, ‘Happening Haryana’, may also be withdrawn.

The Happening Haryana Global Investor Summit was touted as a major effort of the BJP government to position the state as a premier investment destination. As a precursor to it, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Capt Abhimanyu had led official delegations to Japan and China, besides organising business road shows at Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai.

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