Haryana ready to collaborate with Bihar: Lal

DW BUREAU / Chandigarh

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal said the state government was ready to collaborate with its Bihar counterpart in key areas of agriculture, marketing, milk production and food processing, and also in complementing its efforts to ensure all-round development of the state by sharing expertise in different fields.

Interacting with the people of Haryana origin residing in Bihar at the Pravasi Haryana Sammelan in Patna on Sunday, Mr Lal exhorted the Pravasi Haryanvis to invest in Haryana, a statement said here.

He said as a result of the new Industrial and Enterprise Promotion Policy and close proximity of the state to the international airport at New Delhi, Haryana had emerged as a preferred destination for entrepreneurs of national and international repute.

Single-roof system has been implemented in Haryana, under which all necessary clearances for setting up industrial units are provided under one roof within a maximum of 45 days. Beyond 45 days, all clearances are deemed to have been cleared.

Besides, the government has abolished Inspector Raj and implemented the system of self-certification. For setting up any Rs 5,000-crore project, demand-based facilities are being provided, he added.

The Chief Minister said a visit of the farmers of Bihar to Haryana could be arranged to acquaint them with the best farm practices and irrigation system. About 83 per cent area in Haryana is irrigated and for covering the remaining 17 per cent, efforts are being made to bring the farmers on micro irrigation from flood irrigation.

It is for the first time in the last 30 years that water has reached 1,300 tail-ends in the state in Hisar, Bhiwani, Mahendergarh and Rewari. Water has been ensured in all ponds, especially in the areas falling under the dark zone for recharging purposes. The state government has also constituted a Pond Authority to utilize the pond water for irrigation purposes, he added.

The Chief Minister said Haryana had a robust system for marketing of agricultural produce. Out of the total 108 mandis, 54 have been made online. A sum of Rs 2,000 crore received annually on account of market fee is being spent on strengthening the roads infrastructure leading to mandis. As land holding is shrinking, farmers are being encouraged to adopt horticulture, floriculture and milk production instead of traditional farming of wheat and rice. At present, the per capita milk production in Haryana is 911 gram, whereas in Punjab it is 937 gram. Haryana would soon surpass Punjab in terms of milk production, he added.

(editor@dailyworld.in)

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