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Bengal growth engine of India, says Mamata

"Political stability and investment friendly policies have made Bengal the ultimate destination for investments", President Pranab Mukherjee said on Friday at the inauguration of the third edition of Bengal Global Business Summit 2017. BGBS 2017 which was held in Melan Mela was marked with the slogan: "Come to Bengal Ride the growth."

Mukherjee said that under Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's stewardship, several positive changes had swept through the state.

Explaining the reason for his presence in the Summit, the President said that initially after receiving the invitation, he was a bit reluctant as it was organised by a state government. "But, then I thought that India is a conglomeration of states and in this federal structure every state is important," he said. He also appreciated on how the state thrived under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee.

"There was a time when Bengal was termed as the leading state of the country. But due to several factors like the partition of India, Bengal slowly lost its glory. Now, it seems to regain the grandiosity," he said.

The Summit, chaired by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saw various business delegates and foreign dignitaries in attendance. Welcoming them, Banerjee said that the state would assist all those who want to do business in Bengal in every possible manner. "Bengal is the growth engine of India, so invest here," she said. She also told the businessmen to solely not consider Bengal as a mere government but like family. "Treat us like your family members," she added.

Slamming the Central government's demonetisation policy, Banerjee said that the move was responsible for hampering the growth of industries in Bengal. Mukherjee was seen unaffected and remained mum when Mamata made the scathing attack against the money-ban move.

"Students of Bengal are globally recognised for their merit. They have worked successfully in countries like UK, USA, Germany, France and much more. So, investing in this state will give one the benefit of working with the best brains of the country. The young generation is competent and ready to face any challenge," she said.

Speaking in terms of connectivity and communication, the Chief Minister in her speech stated that Bengal has made rapid strides in these areas. "Malda will soon have its own air connectivity. Around 6,000 acres of land has been kept under Land Bank," she said. She also announced that steps have been taken to set up green city projects. "We have introduced several policies for tourism, industry and everything is transparent," she added.

Former Indian cricket skipper, Sourav Ganguly also urged the industrialists to invest in Bengal because of the pro-industry policy of the state government.
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