Govt to host industrialists for perception makeover

Amidst the gloom of ABG-LDA group led HBT's exit from Haldia port operations because of a labour problem spearheaded by ruling Trinamool Congress MP, the state government is organising two events with the objective of spreading the message that the state is not averse to attracting new investments.

While the state government is going to organise the second edition of Bengal Leads, an industrialists' meet organised by the state government last year, in Haldia itself on November 6, three days later, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be holding a meet for the industrialists in Kolkata and has invited leading industrialists from other states too. They include ITC chief Y C Deveshwar, R P Goenka and city businessman Harsh Neotia as well as the Ambanis to name a few.

On November 6, Minister for Commerce and Industry Partha Chatterjee will go to the port town of Haldia to inaugurate Bengal Leads. "This year the focal point of Bengal Leads will be Haldia which we think has a great potential for new industries. In fact we are going to arrange this kind of interactive sessions with industrialists in other towns like Siliguri and Asansol too,'' Chatterjee said.

He accused the UPA government of indulging in discrimination against the state government. "Union Ministry of Environments and Forests is not giving us clearances for quite a few projects. We will take up that matter with the Centre,'' Chatterjee said.

"There is the talk of industrialists not showing interest in investing in the state. There is also the confusion about the land policy. There is also the unrest in Haldia and the adverse publicity in the media about this. The chief minister will dispel the misgivings in the minds of the industrialists in that meet,'' an official of the department of the commerce and industries told The Indian Express.

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