Jat stir casts shadow on Haryana investors’ meet

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Old 23-Feb-2016
Post Jat stir casts shadow on Haryana investors’ meet

Incidents of violence, arson and looting in the past five days have come as a huge setback to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s initiatives to bring investments to the state through “Happening Haryana Global Investors Summit”.
The manner in which all rail and road traffic in the state has been totally paralysed, internet services blocked at the state government’s orders, properties worth several crores burnt and people killed and injured in inter-caste violence or police firing, Haryana has presented a dismal picture of itself before the prospective investors.
Haryana has been planning “Happening Haryana Global Investors Summit 2016” at Gurgaon from March 7 to 8 this year and plans to attract investments worth Rs 1 lakh crore through this event. However, even the existing industry in the state has been left at the mercy of rioters by the Haryana Government.
Maruti, the biggest industrial name which has become synonymous with Haryana, has been forced to shut its three units due to the agitation. For the past 10 days, the entire official machinery has been in a state of numbness.
The DCs and SPs in the strife-torn districts of the state have distanced themselves from the public and are not attending to the calls of even media persons.
People have been facing scarcity of vegetables and also of petrol and diesel at several places.
Just before the Jat agitation began in Haryana, Khattar had visited abroad and to some other states of the country to invite investors for the Summit. However, the current situation has brought all his efforts to naught. With barely two weeks left for the event, it is doubtful that the “Happening Haryana Global Investors Summit 2016” will serve any purpose.
Ambala wholesale cloth market bears huge loss
Ambala: The wholesale cloth market at Ambala city has suffered a huge loss due to Jat agitation in the state. There are around 900 wholesale cloth shops and retail showrooms in Ambala city.
Dinesh Grover, president, Haryana Cloth Traders Association, said the loss could be between Rs 60 and 70 crore. — OC
North faces Rs 34k-crore loss, price rise: PHDCCI
}As the supply of essential items has been severely impacted, we cannot rule out the impact on inflation. Based on inputs received from various stakeholders, the chamber estimates that northern states may face Rs 34,000-crore loss due to the Jat agitation. —Mahesh Gupta, president, phdcci

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