“Invest in the best-that’s Punjab,” Sukhbir tells South Koreans

Seoul/Chandigarh, September 1 – Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today requested Samsung to provide applications and solutions to ensure services being rolled out in Sanjh and Sewa Kendras in the State are available online also.

During an extensive visit to Samsung Electronic city on which occasion he also visited the company’s innovation museum, the Deputy Chief Minister said Samsung could consider taking up this project on a turnkey basis. He asked the company to send a team to Punjab so that the proposal could be taken forward. The company said its Head, India operations would send a team to Punjab to study the feasibility of the project.

During discussions and a presentation made by Samsung officials including its Mobile Communications Enterprise Business Team Director Jusun Lee and Manager Gaurav Shah, the company also evinced interest in use of iris recognition technology to validate identity for passing on benefits of various social welfare schemes to citizens. Samsung officials also disclosed that they were working closely with few State governments in India and providing them specific applications.

Mr Sukhbir Badal also discussed the Punjab government’s decision to create a smart city in New Chandigarh as well as in other prominent cities of the State with Samsung. He said a company like Samsung could design, build and operate such smart cities. The Samsung representatives said the company would give due consideration to the proposal.

Earlier in the morning the Deputy Chief Minister while addressing a galaxy of trade and industry representatives from South Korea at a seminar organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce in Korea (ICCK), said South Korean entrepreneurs investing in Punjab would be supplied power at the cheapest cost in the country. He said besides this investors would have access to pre cleared sites along with all necessary clearances. “We can also create plug and play facilities for Korean investors if needed” he added.

            Mr Badal said Punjab was keen to attract investment in the automotive and electronic sectors. “We have a sound eco system in the automotive sector”, he said besides highlighting how Punjab and the Northern region was a huge market for mobile phones.

Invest Punjab CEO Anirudh Tewari invited South Korean investors to invest in the best – that is Punjab. He said Punjab offered the best quality power as well as the best road and air connectivity. “Couple this with our ease of doing business model and you have a perfect package”, he added. ICCK Chairman Dilip Sundaram and Indian Ambassador to Korea Vikram Doraiswamy also spoke on the occasion.

Mr. Badal also held one to one meetings with several perspective investors today. These included a very fruitful meeting with Dongyang Menics which is the largest manufacturer of automatic parking systems in Korea. Mr Yun Ho Choi while speaking on behalf of the company said its company was keen to establish vertical automated parking towers with a capacity of entering or exiting within two minutes. Mr Badal while welcoming the business proposal asked the company to submit a proposal after conducting an on ground survey. He said the State was keen to install a number of such parking towers in Ludhiana and Amritsar to ease traffic congestion.

The Deputy CM was accompanied by Industrial Advisor to the chief minister – Kamal Oswal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary N K Sharma, Media Advisor to the Deputy CM – Jangveer Singh, industrialist Sanjiv Garg of Garg Acrylics and senior officials including Viswajeet Khanna,  P S Aujla, Anirudh Tewari and Rahul Tewari