Mumbai, Mar 17: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, who is here on a two day visit, met the captains of industry and discussed the developing opportunities of doing business in Jammu and Kashmir. She informed the industry leaders that with thrust being laid on improved road and air connectivity and institutional capacity building, the level of ease in doing business in Jammu & Kashmir has enhanced exponentially.The Chief Minister reminded the industry leaders that by investing in the State, they would not only be contributing to the creation of job avenues for the local youth but also winning trust of the local people.In her meeting with the executives of famed tour operators-Mahindra Holidays & Resorts, the Chief Minister invited them to explore the tourist potential of Jammu & Kashmir and bring the State on their map. She informed them that the State is ideal for high end tourism with varied areas and products for which the relevant infrastructure is continuously being upgraded.
On the occasion, the Managing Director of the Group, Mr Kavinder Singh told the Chief Minister that his company is keen to have its footprints in the State and would be willing to work in consultation with the Department of Tourism.
The Chief Minister directed the Managing Director, JK Tourism Development Corporation to coordinate with the executives of the Group to forge an alliance in which there is a qualitative increase in tourist footfall to the State by exploiting the so far hidden destinations and bringing niche clientele to these places.
Advisor to Chief Minister, Prof Amitabh Mattoo; Secretary, Tourism, Farooq Ahmad Shah; MD, JKTDC, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary besides members of delegation from Mahindra Group were present in the meeting.
In her meeting with the representatives from ESSAR Group, the Chief Minister discussed about the developing opportunities in the State and asked them to expand their offshore activities like the Call Centres to the State thereby creating job opportunities for the local youth. She asked them to explore other business avenues in the State as well which would go a long way in creating employment opportunities for the local youth.
Mr Anshuman Ruia, Director ESSAR informed the Chief Minister that his group is working on setting up a Call Centre in the State and in this regard necessary groundwork is being done.
Mehbooba Mufti asked for expediting the process to set up the Call Centre and in this connection assured all support from the Government.
Earlier, Mehbooba Mufti met the Chairman of Reliance Group, Mukesh Ambani and discussed with him various business ventures to be set up in the State.
The Chief Minister also addressed the India Today Conclave in the morning. (KNS)