IEP SAS Nagar/Chandigarh, February 23
Punjab Finance, Planning, Excise and Taxation Minister Harpal Singh Cheema, on Thursday, said that the state would soon emerge as leader in industrial growth with the efforts of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann. The cabinet minister was presiding over brain storming, ‘Punjab Exports & Brands’, session in the 5th Progressive Punjab Investors’ Summit 2023 here at Indian School of Business (ISB) campus at SAS Nagar. Cabinet minister Harpal Singh Cheema said that as the people of Punjab have chosen new government, CM Bhagwant Mann has introduced new industrial policy and new logistics policy apart from other pro-people initiatives for the holistic development of the state. He added that CM Bhagwant Mann has also personally been visiting India and abroad to attract the investors to invest in Punjab. Mr. Cheema said that Punjab is also synonymous as the ‘Food Bowl of India’ due to the high yield of agricultural products like wheat and rice, bagging the top spot nationwide for both these items. He added that to save the depleting groundwater, power and to trim down the agricultural input costs, their government has decided to promote Basmati cultivation on larger level as CM Bhagwant Mann would soon introduce new policy for cultivation and export of the Basmati. He said that as Punjab is the largest exporter state of Basmati, their government has also decided to set up specialised research centre on Basmati at Tarn Taran which would have seed research facilities and grain testing labs. The minister said that Green revolution was first introduced in Punjab and now, Mann government has decided to bring industrial revolution as road and rail connectivity with National capital and other neighbouring states have been improved. He added that their government will achieve success in every sector and support of all sections of the society is the only requirement to keep the state on the right track. Earlier, IAS Abhinav Trikha also presented a PPT on the export statistics of Punjab and highlighted the efforts of Punjab Government to promote exports. Priyanka Sharma, Partner, KPMG, Madan M. Pillutla Dean, ISB Mohali, Captain Ashwani Nayar Deputy CEO, Hind Terminals Pvt. Ltd., Sandeep Jain Executive Director Monte Carlo Fashions Ltd, Ashok Sethi, Director,Rice Millers & Exporters Association Punjab, Rajesh Kharbanda, MD Nivia Sports also presented their views during the session.
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