Capt Amarinder Singh to kick-start 3-day ‘Invest Punjab’ initiative from today

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh will on Monday kick-start a three-day trip to Mumbai as part of his `Invest Punjab’ initiative, with a series of meetings scheduled with some of the leading captains of industry and business in the country.

The Chief Minister will be accompanied by a high-profile official delegation to meet the who’s who of the Indian industry, beginning with Tata Sons chairman Mr. Natarajan Chandrasekaran on Monday evening.

The delegation will comprise State Finance Minister Mr. Manpreet Singh Badal, Irrigation & Power Minister Mr. Rana Gurjeet Singh, Senior Advisor to CM Lt Gen (Retd) Tejinder Singh Shergill, and Chief Principal Secretary to CM Mr. Suresh Kumar. Others accompanying the Chief Minister include Secretary (Political III) Mr. Karanpal Singh Sekhon, PSIC & IP Mr. Anirudh Tewari, PBIP CEO Mr. D.K. Tiwari and PBIP ACEO Ms. Shruti Singh.

An official spokesperson said the delegation will explore avenues of investment in the state, along with possible collaborations to revive its ailing economy and industry.

ICICI Bank Ltd CEO & MD Ms. Chanda Kochhar, Goldman Sachs Chairman Mr. Sonjoy Chatterjee and Godrej Group Chairman Mr. Adi Godrej are the other top business leaders whom the Chief Minister is expected to meet on Monday evening, culminating in a dinner meeting with

Mr. Arun K Kumar, Chairman & CEO, KPMG India, which is the state’s knowledge partner for the Progressive Punjab Campaign since 2013.

The highlights of Tuesday’s programme include a breakfast meeting with Reliance ADAG Chairman Mr. Anil Ambai, besides a post-lunch meeting with Reliance Industries Ltd Chairman & MD Mr. Mukesh Ambani.

The Chief Minister is also slated to hold intensive discussions with RPG Group Chairman Mr. Harsh Goenka, Hindustan Unilever Ltd CEO & MD Mr. Sanjiv Mehta and Mahinder & Mahindra Ltd Chairman Mr. Anand Mahindra during separate meetings in the pre-lunch session on Tuesday.

Other business leaders who are scheduled to call upon the Chief Minister in the course of the day include L&T Director & Executive Vice President (Power and Heavy Engg. & Defence) Mr. Shailendra N. Roy and Hinduja Group Chairman Mr. Ashok P Hinduja.

The programme agenda also includes meetings with the Organization of Pharmaceutical Producers of India and an Ashoka University delegation, besides a round-table with industry leaders.

According to the official spokesperson, the Punjab Government, led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder, is committed to streamlining the systems in the state to facilitate hassle-free industrial development, while wooing investors, in an industry-friendly environment.