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Washington: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal has invited US businessmen to invest in his state saying Haryana’s new industrial policy offered an ideal climate for doing business and getting best return on investment.

“Haryana has witnessed a remarkable growth in terms of infrastructure,” he said at a reception hosted by the Indian ambassador Arun K. Singh for Lal, leading a 20-member delegation of officials and businessmen on a 10-day trip to the US and Canada.

While the state had only four national highways till now, nine national highways are being built to connect the districts, he said.
The state has an abundance of raw material for industries, which could be transported easily as a result of these new road projects.

The Western Peripheral Expressway, also known as Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway, work on which has begun, would work to the advantage of investors.

Efforts were also being made by the state government to set up an aviation hub in Haryana, including the Maintenance and Repair Operation (MRO) facility for the aircraft industry.

agri11Haryana being an agrarian state, the setting up and promotion of agro-based industries, food processing would remain a priority for the Haryana Government, Lal said.

Pharma, information technology, auto, defence production, aerospace and aircraft industries were other priority key sectors.

In his welcoming remarks Singh, India-US relationship had attained new heights with their cooperation deepening in the established sectors while new fields were being continuously added to widen it.

The ambassador said Lal’s visit was an example of “collaborative federalism” and “competitive federalism” encouraged by the new Modi government whereby states complement the central government’s efforts to win business abroad even as they compete with each other.

US-India Business Council and the Confederation of Indian Industry are hosting a lunch roundtable with the Haryana delegation on Wednesday at the US Chamber of Commerce.

Haryana’s Industries and Commerce Minister Capt. Abhimanyu will also speak at the roundtable, while Principal Secretary Devender Singh will make a presentation on Investment Opportunities in Haryana.

(IANS)

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PM Narendra Modi Launches Plan to Tackle Water Shortage in India

Modi Unveils Plan to Tackle Water Shortages in India's Heartland States

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to the media inside the parliament premises on the first day of the winter session in New Delhi, India. VOA

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched a 60-billion-rupee ($842 million) plan to tackle water shortages in the country’s seven heartland states where agriculture is a mainstay.

India, the world’s second-most populous country, faces the worst long-term water crisis in its history as demand outstrips supply, threatening farm output and overall economic growth in Asia’s third-largest economy.

Almost every sector of the $2.6 trillion economy is dependent on water, especially agriculture, which sustains two-thirds of India’s 1.3 billion people.

“Water shortages in the country not only affect individuals and families; the crisis also has an effect on India’s development,” Modi said. “We need to prepare the new India to deal with every single aspect of the crisis.”

The plan launched by Modi would help replenish ground water and boost overall availability in Rajasthan, Karnataka, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat states, which produce staples such as rice, wheat, sugar and oilseeds.

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The plan launched by Modi would help replenish ground water. Wikimedia Commons

India is the world’s leading producer of an array of farm goods, and nearly 60% of the irrigation for agriculture comes from ground water, mainly through electric water pumps. Subsidised electricity gives farmers an incentive to pump out more water, a key reason behind fast-depleting water tables in the vast country.

Supplying clean drinking water to millions of poor people and reviving moribund irrigation projects were a key part of Modi’s policies for India, where the monsoon accounts for nearly 70% of the annual rains needed to water farms and recharge aquifers and reservoirs.

Nearly half of India’s farmland, without any irrigation cover, depends on annual June-September rains to grow a number of crops.

Drinking water is also an issue, as about 200,000 Indians die every year due to inadequate access to safe water and 600 million face high to extreme water stress, according to the National Institute for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, a think tank chaired by Modi.

According to UK-based charity WaterAid, about 163 million people in India — roughly 12% of the population — do not have access to clean water close to home.

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Every summer water shortages tend to be more acute in large cities such as the capital New Delhi, Chennai — a car-making center dubbed “India’s Detroit”, and Bengaluru, the country’s software capital.

Modi also exhorted farmers to increasingly adopt drip and sprinkler irrigation and use water-management techniques as well as eschewing water-guzzling crops such as rice and sugar cane. (VOA)