To ensure Himachal improves its ranking for ease of doing business, all basic facilities will be provided to entrepreneurs in the state and efforts will be made to attract more investments by easing the single window clearances, said Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

He was addressing the Himachal Pradesh State Annual Session 2017-18, organised by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Himachal Chapter, on Thursday evening in Shimla.

HP has vast potential for employment and entrepreneurship in thrust sectors of hydro, tourism and horticulture, he said, adding that the government intends to ease complexities being faced by hydro industry.

Tourism potential of the state will be fully exploited to make HP a favourite tourist destination in real term, he said, adding that all the hurdles will be removed in way of investment in these sectors.

He said that the government intends to create a conducive atmosphere with the adequate support system for nurturing entrepreneurship and encouraging the youth to become a ‘job creator instead of job seeker’.

He lauded the efforts of CII for running various capacity building programmes on soft skills, Human Resource management etc. adding that CII had been a strong Institute for learning by sharing of expertise, across the country.

He said though the industrial package was over, still the government will create new opportunities in this sector and achieve better results.

“I have experienced that those who want to invest in Hydel generation were facing lots of hurdles and were finding difficulty in getting clearances.

The enthusiasm with which they invested in hydro sector was now at the lowest ebb and we would try to remove all the impediments in their way,” said Thakur.