Chandigarh: Haryana has received investments of about Rs 61,000 crore, including FDI of Rs 9,629 crore, since 2005 and investments worth Rs 97,000 crore are in the pipeline.

This was informed in a review meeting of Industries and Commerce Department presided over by the Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday here, said an official release.

Haryana is one of the most industrialised states in the country and leading producers of cranes, excavators, passenger cars, motorcycles and tractors, it said.

The state is also a leading in terms of IT exports that have touched the Rs 23,000 crore mark.

Overall exports from Haryana had crossed Rs 48,500 crore during year 2010-11.

The state had also industrial base having 1,359 large and medium units and about 82,000 small scale units. Gurgaon accounts for four percent of the world IT- BPO manpower.

Principal Secretary Industries, Y S Malik informed that about 22,000 acres had been acquired so far for development of industrial infrastructure since the year 2005 and another about 12,000 acres was under acquisition.

Emphasising on the need for an increase in the number of industrial clusters in the state for facilitating the growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Hooda directed to develop more industrial clusters in the state.

Malik apprised the Chief Minister that three cluster projects had been sanctioned for Karnal, Panipat and Bahadurgarh and two more clusters were expected to be sanctioned during the year.

He explained that the Department had already identified about 14 Clusters for development in different parts of the state.

Hooda directed to develop clusters for scientific instruments industry at Ambala, for light engineering industry at Faridabad and for precision industry at Rohtak.

The Chief Secretary P K Chaudhery highlighted the need for these Clusters to come up with technology upgradation facilities and he advised to enlist UNIDO support for the same.

(Agencies)

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