Rs 50 crore Export Boost
Major investment in Pharmaceutical industry is set to drive economic development of Haryana

Satish Handa

Notification approved for Rs 25,000 crore investment in pharmaceutical industry by the Haryana Government in March, 2019 remained unimplemented for a couple of months due to code of conduct declared in view of Lok Sabha polls in the country. Talking to media persons, Narender Ahuja, Chief Drug Controller, Haryana, said that immediate action is being taken on this proposal as this would not only boost industrial development in the field of pharmaceuticals in the state but also bring in huge employment opportunities to about 20,000 youths in the State.
According to sources, industry and commerce department has already completed plans in this regard, and State Government has also announced plans to develop a Pharma Park at Karnal with lab facilities that will enable Pharmacy college and university students to undertake research work and obtain not only experience certificate but also financial aid to start their own manufacturing units. The source also revealed that being nearer to capital Delhi and situated on the Delhi-Mumbai rail corridor, Karnal was found to be suitable place for developing a Pharma Park and Haryana state government has assured to provide full support to entrepreneurs who make investment in this proposed project.
Ahuja said that state youths who are qualified in Pharmacy education would be given preference in employment. He said that an annual subsidy of Rs 36,000 each will be given to the industry providing job to females belonging to Schedule Castes, whereas a subsidy of Rs 30,000 would be given in case of jobs provided to females in the general category. According to pharmaceutical policy, government would offer 25% subsidy on machinery to the investors setting up manufacturing units in the State, besides loan facilities from nationalised banks up to Rs 50 lakh on which the interest would be charged on 50% loan amount. According to policy, there would be “single window system” for the investors setting up pharmaceutical industry in the state to deal with all matters promptly and a cluster would be developed to assist entrepreneurs.
According to TC Kansal, President of Haryana Pharmaceutical Association, there are 251 pharmaceutical manufacturing units presently functioning in Haryana state, which include 14 units given manufacturing licenses in past 18 months. He disclosed that as many as 29 fresh licenses were given in this period to manufacture cosmetic products with a total number of 112 units manufacturing cosmetic products in the state. While looking at the available data related industrial development in Haryana in past five years, as many as 62,060 new industrial units with the investment of Rs 33,199.46 crore have been set up in the state providing employment opportunities to nearly 5,68,257 people. Information reveals that Haryana State Government constituted new MSME Policy on February 26, 2019 aiming to prepare state-of-the-art infrastructure to adopt latest industrial production techniques and practices to boost industrial development, increase sources of employment and develop- industrial clusters to enhance quality of production.
While talking to media persons recently Haryana Industries and Commerce Minister, Vipul Goelr said that proposals for local as well as foreign investment for setting industry in Haryana were received in the past due to improved infrastructure. Construction of roads such as the 135 km MP Express Highway has been constructed in the industrial belts of Kundli, Manesar and Palwal in NCR near Delhi. Enterprise Promotion Policy -2015 (EPP-2015) commenced in Haryana state is linked to ‘Make-in-India’, ‘Digital India’ and ‘Skilling India’ campaigns launched by Government of India which attracted new investment in the state due to attractive incentives offered by the government. Besides this, EPP-2015 policy have proved very beneficial especially to Food Processing, IT, ESDM, Start-ups, Textiles, Logistic, Warehousing and Pharmaceutical industries. Due to eco-system policy by the state government’s ‘Haryana Udham Promotion Centre’ (HEPC) introduced in the state on February 2, 2017. The Government also provided different types of 105 industrial clearances including acceptance of proposal, issuing licenses, construction of building, power connection etc under single window system within 30-45 days. Ban on ‘Inspector Raj’ in the state is another benefit to industry owners, which brought fruitful results to bring investment opportunities in the state.

Not smooth-Sailing for Congress

Haryana Congress is facing a grave challenge not only from rivals but also from stalwarts within party

While Congress leaders including former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and HPCC president Selja Kumari, a former Union Minister, claiming Congress victory saying people in Haryana wants change in government in the State, political experts claiming that it will not be easy for Congress to win 2019 Vidhan Sabha battle in the State this time when prominent Congress leaders in Haryana are divided in groups opposing each other for leadership and other political parties in the State failed to unite or maintain alliance with other political party to face BJP ruling in the state as well as in the country due to ‘Modi Wave’ getting stronger day by day.

Haryana Congress President Kumari Selja  
Recently Manohar Lal while talking to media persons said that there is no Opposition in the State and BJP is sure to win over 75 seats and will form the next government. He also said that most of the parties in Opposition have no suitable candidates even to contest polls. People in Haryana are satisfied with the developmental programmes initiated by BJP Government in past five years, besides ban over sale of jobs and corruption prevailing in government offices by previous government in Haryana.
The Chief Minister said that BJP victory graph in 2019 Vidhan Sabha polls would witness drastic rise assuring to provide relief to people in the State as basic amenities like trouble free power supply, water, construction of roads, reforms in education and health sectors, security to women and children, improved law and order in State with special focus on unemployment, economic crisis and availability of ‘Roti Kapda Aur Makaan’ to those below poverty line and having monthly income less than Rs 15,000. n
Information also reveals that 33,486 CAF were received by HEPC on ‘Invest Haryana Portal’ after it was launched on February 2, 2017 against which 100% services were provided to 26,280 applicants likely to bring investment up to Rs 4,07,014 crore. According to Director Micro Small Medium Enterprise (MSME) in Haryana at Karnal, two projects for setting Tool Room/ Technology Centres financed by Government of India at IMT Rohtak in 198 nacres area costing Rs 150 crore and Industrial growth centre in 110 acre area costing 100 crore are being set up to be managed by HSIDC to provide training in general engineering and production to nearly 10,000 youths likely to start functioning by the end year 2019.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman has prepared a road map to strengthen industrial economy recently announced a 12 Point programme on norms as per World Trade organization (WTO) norms ‘Remission of Duties or Taxes on Export Products’ (RODTEP) to provide rebate on GST and other duties on exports likely to bring revenue loss to the Government worth Rs 50,000 crore. Government proposes to implement both reformed MEIS and old ROSL schemes by December 31 this year.