Bengal perfect for investors: Mamata
Kolkata: Political stability, sensitive, efficient and transparent administration and the quintessential warmth have made Bengal the ideal destination for investment, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday.
Addressing the 4th edition of Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre in New Town, she stated: "If you invest in Bengal, we will give you every facility. Here, there is no intimidation, no pressure, and no coercion. What prevails is only affection and cooperation."
Banerjee's welcome statement received a huge applause from businessmen and the delegates present.
Captains of the industry including Mukesh Ambani, L N Mittal, Sajjan Jindal, Sanjiv Goenka, Uday Kotak, Kishore Biyani, Aloke Lohia, Ajay Singh, Niranjan Hiranandani, Purnendu Chatterjee, deputy governor of South Korea and deputy foreign minister of Poland shared their experiences in investing here.
The Chief Minister said Bengal has come out of the 34 years of misrule of the erstwhile Left Front government when there used to be massive loss of man-days because of strikes and bandhs.
"In the past six years, there has been no loss of man-days because of the state government and the way it functions," she said. She thanked the bureaucracy and their positive role that has caused a resurgence in Bengal. "We work as a team and as a family, and I thank the bureaucrats for their positive initiatives in making Bengal move forward," she remarked.
The Chief Minister said there was a time when Maharashtra got maximum investment. But over the years, it has reached a saturation point and Bengal is coming up fast. "There is no dearth of talent and skilled workers here and most importantly, people are sensitive. If you invest in Bengal, it will be the number 1 state in employment generation," she maintained.
Banerjee said agriculture and industry should go hand-in-hand and to protect the industries, no one working against it will be spared. "We have not spared our partymen also as we have to protect the industries," she said.
The Chief Minister said there is surplus power in Bengal and road connectivity has improved enormously in the past few years. New roads are being built to improve further connectivity.
She said Bengal is the gateway to the east and the north-east and also the main city connecting Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. It is well-connected with Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand and so investing in Bengal is going to benefit the industrialists massively."
Concluding her speech, Mamata quoted from Rabindranath Tagore's "esho amar ghore esho" (come and invest at my home)," she said.
The Czech Republic, France, Germany, Poland, Italy, Japan, China, South Korea, Britain and the UAE are among the 32 overseas nations participating at the mega-gathering.
More than 4,000 delegates have attended the mega event.