Mamata Banerjee to woo industries in Delhi

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 19, 2012 14:30 hrs

Kolkata, Nov 19 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would woo industry captains from across the country at a business meet in New Delhi next month to attract fresh investments in the industry−hungry state.

"We would like to to showcase the opportunities available here. Both the government and the industry are organising the meet. The chief minister will describe the state's ground realities there," Harshavardhan Neotia, chairman of Ambuja Realty, told IANS Monday.

At the meet likely to be held Dec 17, Banerjee would describe the "ground realities" in the state in the backdrop of industry experts' concern over Bengal's investment prospects.

This would be Banerjee's first meeting in the capital with entrepreneurs since she took over as chief minister in May last year.

The Trinamool Congress government and some renowned industrialists of West Bengal, including Neotia, are carrying out "parallel efforts" to make Banerjee's interaction with the industry icons a success.

The move to woo fresh investments came following the recent controversy in which Haldia Bulk Terminal Private Limited (HBT), which was operating at mechanised berths at the Haldia Dock Complex (HDC), announced its decision to quit operations from the state, alleging poor law and order situation.

"Banerjee must improve sentiments by communicating with people and investors. Only then can development can take place in West Bengal," FICCI president R.V. Kanoria had said early this month in Kolkata.

The Trinamool Congress chief led a protest rally in New Delhi against FDI in retail in October after her party quit the UPA protesting its decisions to allow FDI in multi−brand retail, hike diesel prices and restrict the supply of subsidised cooking gas cylinders.

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