Ranchi: Jharkhand took its first step towards a big leap on Wednesday with Chief Minister Raghbuar Das welcoming around 150 noted industrialists and other VVIP guests from India and abroad on the eve of ‘Momentum Jharkhand’, the Global Investors’ Summit being organized for the first time at such a grand scale by any government in the 16 year old history of the state.
Taking out time out of his busy schedule on the eve of the Summit, the CM said the state is ready to provide best possible resources to the prospective investors to develop Jharkhand and create employment opportunities for the local people. Investments to the tune of Rs 3.5 lakh crore are expected to be made during the two day Summit, he said, adding that there will be no dearth of land for the investors.
A host of political who’s who including Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Jayant Sinha (MoS), Sudarshan Bhagat, Piyush Goyal, Smriti Irani and Venkaiyah Naidu reached the capital on the eve of the mega event.
According a warm welcome to the prospective investors, many of whom would be arriving here on Thursday, the CM organized a special dinner for them at Hotel Radisson Blu in what could be termed as a unique mix of tradition and exquisite hospitality. Taking the charm of the evening to further heights, star cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is also the brand ambassador of Momentum Jharkhand, was also present as one of the most distinguished guests of the occasion. Renowned Kedia brothers of Giridih gave a captivating performance on Sitar in the evening. The dinner menu included many famous cuisines of Jharkhand specially prepared for the guests.
The Summit will kick off in Khelgaon at 10.30 am. It will be inaugurated by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing the Summit through videoconferencing. The programme will be live-telecast in all the districts of Jharkhand.
On their arrival at the Birsa Munda Airport, the dignitaries were welcomed with a traditional tribal dance rendition given by a troupe of local artists.
The guests were received the list of delegates from major industrial houses and organizations arriving today includes Naveen Jindal of JSPL, Shashi Ruiya and Prashant Ruiya of Essar Group, Pawan Munjal of Hero Motocorp, Satish Pai of Hindalco Industries Anil Agrawal and Prateek Agrawal of Vedanta Group, Sanjeev Puri of ITC, Puneet Dalmiya of Dalmiya Group, Tata Steel MD TV Narendran, Chandrajit Banerjee of CII, Devi Shetty of Narayana Hrudayalaya, Uday Kotak of Kotak Mahindra, Venkatesh Kini of Coca Cola, Shobhna Kamini of Apollo, Naushad Forbes of Forbes Marshall and Sudhir Dhingra of Orient Craft.
Other corporate honchos, Ratan Tata, Gautam Adani and Kumar Manglam Birla, will be reaching the capital tomorrow. Union Secretary Rajeev Gauba has also reached Ranchi to attend the event. Delegations from Russia, China, Japan, Czech Republic, Mongolia and Tunisia have also reached the venue.
Expressing the purpose of the Summit in a gist, the CM said early today, “During the past two years, the Jharkhand Government has implemented various business and policy reforms to emerge as the most investment-ready state. Following norms of the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, the State has also adopted numerous best practices to speed up investments. We believe this is the best time for domestic and foreign entrepreneurs to invest in Jharkhand for robust returns.”
Das went on to add, “Inspired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi-ji’s vision of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Jharkhand has embraced a similar path to broad-based development of urban and rural areas. With 40% of the nation’s mineral reserves, Jharkhand is well positioned to drive the ‘Make in India’ mission and other development programmes. Although some development challenges still remain, we believe these offer great opportunities for investors to become our partners in progress. Jharkhand has clear plans to skill around two million youth in order to emerge as a developed state by 2020.”