On the occasion of inauguration of the Investors Summit, Chief Secretary Mr. Utpal Kumar Singh welcomed all the guests. While welcoming the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, Chief Secretary said that it was because of his thinking and inspiration that today’s programme has been organized. Describing the land of Ganga, Yamuna, saints, Sufis and gurus in the Himalaya and the lap of nature as Tapo Bhoomi, Chief Secretary said that this is Adi Guru Shankaracharya, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, Sufi Saint Hazrat Sabir Kaliyari, Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi’s Tapo Bhoomi. Because of the entrepreneurship of the people here, activities like youth startups, prasad being made by women self-help groups, repair of roads, home stay are on. In the last 18 years, the per capita GSDP of the state has increased tenfold to Rs 1.60 lakh. Road network has increased to 789 kilometers per 1000 square kilometers. He said that along with development, the people here also contributed in the protection of nature.
In his welcome address, Chief Secretary said that 12 areas have been identified by assessing the unique characteristics of the state. Food Processing, Tourism and Hospitality, Ayush and Wellness, Automobile and Auto Equipment, Pharmaceuticals, Natural Fibers, Horticulture and Floriculture, Herbs and Aromatic Plants, IT, Bio Technology and Renewable Energy Sector are the prominent ones. He said that 50 projects which are worth investment have been prepared. Uttarakhand has emerged as a business destination in the past 18 years. Chief Secretary said that there are several reasons for attracting investors in Uttarakhand. Pollution-free environment, surplus water, peaceful atmosphere, positive attitude of the state government towards industry, rail, road and air connectivity, modern and integrated industrial space, low cost electricity, excellent educational institutions, hill stations are the main factors. He said that due to Prime Minister’s special attachment with Uttarakhand, All Weather Char Dham road project, Bharatmala project, Karanprayag rail project and widening of large number of inter-state roads are on.