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US ambassador, CM discusses business potential in state

Ranchi, Feb. 25: The U.S. ambassador to India, Richard R. Verma met Chief Minister Raghubar Das at his residence on Thursday and discussed the potential of investments and business in the state. He said that the current $150 billion business between India and America will soon be raised to $500 billion.

The Chief Minister said that there is ample potential of investment in Jharkhand in the areas of mining, automobile, IT, defense, education and clean energy. The state has 40 percent mineral reserves of the nation. A land bank has been created to sort out the problems related land. Jharkhand investment office has been opened in New Delhi, where state related information can be gained.

Das further told the U.S. ambassador that Ranchi is proposed to be developed as smart city and land has been identified for new capital. The railway ministry has been requested to connect Dhamra Port, Odisa, with Ranchi. A port will be developed in Sahibganj to boost up inland waterways. In addition, IT Park, IIT, IIIT, Sports University and others are being opened.

Schemes like residential schools, tabs, bicycles, fixed deposits etc. have been started to boost up girl education. He said that America and Jharkhand should appoint a representative each to promote investment in the state, Das added.

On his part, Verma said that Kolkata-based consulate officers can be made representatives. Moreover, the Annual Strategic Meet between India and America scheduled to take place in May-June should also take place outside Delhi. There will be a separate session with the CMs of all states.

According to Verma, the percentage of people visiting America every year is low and the government can nominate people related to different spheres of life for visiting the U.S. American professors and educationists can be invited to the state for exchange of ideas.

He also discussed joint venture in business and technology transfer with the CM. Verma said that the United States government opines that there is ample potential to work in the areas of IT, health, cyber, space, defense, education and clean energy.

At the same time, he praised the state government for taking steps to stop trafficking.

Chief Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Additional Chief Secretary U. P. Singh, Principal Secretary, Finance, Amit khare, Principal Secretary, Health, K. Vidyasagar, PDS Secretary Vinay Kumar Choubey, Cabinet Secretary S.S. Meena, Literacy Secretary Aradhana Patnayak, American Consulate General (Kolkata) Craig Hall, Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs Gaurav Bansal and Assistant Public Affairs Craig Pardo were also present in this meeting.

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