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New Delhi, Oct 24:  The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in a series of meetings with US industry representatives and leaders of the corporate world has invited them to invest in his state which now offers a new investor-friendly industrial policy.

Dwelling upon the issue of women power the CM said that while India has already witnessed women on seats of high power, America is yet to do that. He cited the examples of Smt Inira Gandhi who was the first woman Prime Minister and of Pratibha Patil who was the first woman President of India.

Chouhan briefed the leaders of the corporate world and industry representatives about the new industrial policy, which he said has a clear incentive structure and is not connected with tax.

This is first of its kind policy in the country and no other state offers such a policy in post GST era, Chouhan said in his meeting with Nisha Desai Biswal, the new president of US India Business Council (USIBC).

USIBC, which is planning to take a delegation of investors to India for the Global Entrepreneur Summit in Hyderabad next month also accepted an invitation from the chief minister to visit Madhya Pradesh.

Chouhan briefed the USIBC members on the investment opportunities available in the state in several areas, especially the food processing sector.

BJP general secretary Ram Madhav was also present.

In a separate meeting, John Newman, senior vice president of Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company, spoke about expanding their operations in Madhya Pradesh for export of its diesel and electric engines being manufactured by using the skilled manpower of the state and supplier base that will be created by the locomotive factory.

Newman sought support from the chief minister on their existing diesel electric locomotives manufacturing facilities, where the progress has been slow.

Chouhan promised to speak with Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and expedite the process.

The meeting with Selina Jackson, Vice President, Global Government Relations and Public Policy at Procter and Gamble, revolved around their existing plant in Madhya Pradesh and the tax rebate matter in the aftermath of the GST regime.

Chouhan reiterated his commitment to support industry post GST and promised to resolve their pending issues within a short period of time.

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