Mufti meets business magnates in Mumbai to give impetus to investment in JK

Meets Anil Ambani, Subash Chandra, Arun Nanda; Govt keen to welcome pvt players in industry, power, IT, tourism sectors 

MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 05: – Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Thursday met various business tycoons in the country’s financial capital here and discussed prospects to give impetus to investment in industry, telecommunications, power and tourism sectors in J&K.

The Chief Minister stated he was determined to improve connectivity within and outside the state and specially thanked the Central government for assuring completion of the four-lanning of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway by 2017. “This will annihilate distances and enable us to complete journey between the two capital cities in four hours only,” he added.

In his meeting with Anil Ambani, the Chief Minister sought cooperation for investment in IT sector to create employment opportunities for youth in the state. He laid emphasis on establishing Call Centres and a Dhirubhai Ambani Management Institute, which will enhance the employability of skilled human resource.

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Anil Ambani assured the Chief Minister of setting up a 1000-seater call centre in two phases which will provide job opportunities to nearly 3000 youth. “A team will visit J&K after Diwali to work out modalities to set up the Call Centre,” he said, while assuring the Chief Minister of his keen interest in preparing a blueprint of cooperation between his company and the state government.

Describing quality reliable power as a major industry promoter, Anil Ambani also urged Mufti Sayeed to consider framing of a State Solar Policy as solar power was getting cheaper in comparison to hydel and thermal power. “It is clean green power and the kind of potential J&K has in this sector, it will auger well for the state,” he observed.

During his meeting with Arun Nanda, Mufti Sayeed discussed the possibility of developing ‘Tourism & Handicraft Villages’, similar to Inter-Laken in Switzerland. In addition, he also discussed the issue of setting up of two IT Parks in J&K, on pattern of Chennai, in Tamil Nadu.

The possibility of restoration of tourist assets in partnership with the state government was also deliberated upon during the meeting.

The Chief Minister also met Anshuman Ruia of the Aegis Group. The promoter promised to double the capacity of the existing centre at Rangreth by March 2016. He also expressed to the Chief Minister his keen desire to foray into distribution of financial services in the state.

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