DHARAMSHALA: Batting vigorously to attract investment into Himachal Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the first-ever Global Investors Meet at Dharamshala on Thursday said, “Aap mere mehman hain, aap mere yahan aaye hain ..me aapko vishvas dilate hun, aap yahan invest karo, aap yahan flourish karoge” (you are my guests and you have come to my place. I assure you to invest here, you will flourish here). With these words, Modi has once again shown his love for Himachal Pradesh whom he calls his second home. He said that Himachal Pradesh has all the ingredients required to attract investment. While batting to promote the hill state as of next big investment destination, he said that work on many rail projects is already going on in the state while road infrastructure is also being improved with a special focus in the construction of national highways. He said that earlier infrastructure gap was there in Himachal Pradesh bit since his government came to power, Centre has tried to fill this gap by focussing on improving rail connectivity, constructions of roads including national highways and tunnels. He said that Himachal Pradesh has huge investment potential. He said that idea of holding Global Investors Meet at Dharamshala was quite surprising but it is the reality and by holding this meet Himachal Pradesh has now fully resolved to tell the world that “yes, we have arrived”. He said earlier such investors meet were being held at very few states but now the scenario is changing and Global Investor Meet is a testimony to this. He said now the competition has started among states to attract investment. He said a few decades back situation was that states used to about giving charity and incentives or waiving off taxes. He said experience shows such tactics did not give desired results as investors keep on waiting for the states giving more relaxations before actually investing. He said in the last few years situation has changed drastically and now state governments have started understanding that such relaxations neither helps the state nor the industries. He said investors must get appropriate eco-system without red-tapism and permit system. He said that procedures have been simplified and unwanted laws are being abolished. He said more the completion starts among states in creating a favourable environment for industries more the industries would be able to compete globally. He said industries prefer transparent and clean system as unwanted rules only create hurdles. He said excessive interference somehow stops the growth of industries. “I am happy that with this thought Himachal Pradesh government is taking many new initiatives,” he added. He said that Himachal Pradesh government is working in the right direction by taking decisions of single-window clearance system, transparent land allotment and by having sector-specific policies to turn the friendly environment into a business-friendly environment. He said that such new initiatives taken by states like Himachal Pradesh have projected India as a better business-friendly destination.