West Bengal has honestly embarked on industrialisation: Govt

Noting that that it was important to create confidence among industrialists, Governor M K Narayanan, today said that West Bengal has honestly embarked on the path of industrialisation and hiccups should not come in its way.

"You would recognise that it is not an easy task for a state which is just emerging out of long dark winter in which industrialisation has taken a back seat," Narayanan said.

"Therefore without doubt these are hiccups, but let not these hiccups come in the way," Narayanan said at the valedictory session of industrial summit, 'Bengal Leads', here.

The governor said, "It is important to create a sense of confidence among industrialists and this is a major responsibility of the government."

He said that investment in Bengal would not only secure the future of the state, but also of India.

Batting for industrialisation of the state, Narayanan told industrialists, "invest now in Bengal as the state wakes up from deep slumber."

The governor who touched upon the vexed issue of land for industry said, "The state government has acknowledged that there is a problem regarding land and land acquisition and steps have been taken to resolve it."

He said that since it was often difficult to acquire agricultural land, joint effort by the state government and industry was necessary. "Both the state government and industry has to be judicious for quest of suitable land."

He said he was told that 60,000 acre have been identified which would shortly be made available to industry while a land bank is being formalised.

He said that a transparent land allotment policy has been put in place as also 'Shilpasathi', a single-window clearance mechanism.

The governor hoped that 'Bengal Leads' which has taken place in Haldia would help allay some of the apprehensions among entrepreneurs and industry.

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