Chautala Ropes In Women Officers To Woo FDI

Gurgaon, October 27: | Updated: Oct 28 2002, 05:30am hrs
In a unique move to attract foreign investments, particularly in the areas falling under the National Capital Region, Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala has constituted a 14-member team of senior women officers to accompany him during his forthcoming foreign tour.

These officers are selected from the women & child welfare, dairy development and agricultural diversification departments.

Mr Chautala will be embarking on a 10-day visit to the United States, Canada, France, and Britain on November 7.

Mr Chautala told FE on Saturday that the women delegation will concentrate on studying macro-operation of women and child welfare projects, including pattern of their funding, womens participation in dairy farming, poultry and other farm-related schemes in the developed countries and evaluate as to how those can be implemented in the state.

The all women delegation comprises among others Sudesh Kumari, wife of the state governor; Navraj Sandhu, managing director of the Haryana Tourism Development Corporation; and Dheera Khandelwal, director of the women & child development department and managing director of the state backward classes & economically weaker sections welfare corporation.

It is reliably learnt that noted social activist and writer Arundhati Roy has also been requested to join the team. However, when contacted by this newspaper, Ms Ray said she is yet to get the invitation.