back at former chairman of the Tata Group Ratan Tata for his comments
on industrialization in West Bengal, the government said that the
veteran tycoon has lost his mind.
NDTV quoted West Bengal
Finance Minister as saying, "Maybe he has lost his mind. Maybe he
hasn't got the information. I don't know why he said this. TCS has told
the Chief Minister in Mumbai that it would create 20,000 jobs in a new
campus. Maybe he hasn't kept tabs. Tata Metallicks applied to us last
week. They want to expand. Doesn't he know Anil Ambani is investing
here? If I give you a list, it will take up all day. Perhaps he should
concentrate on his other hobbies like flying planes."
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and criticizing West Bengal Chief
Minister Mamata Banerjee as much, former chairman of the Tata Group,
Ratan Tata termed the development surrounding Kolkata, West Bengal's
capital, as 'countryside development' and asked the government to follow
the Gujarat model if it were to revive industrialization.
was coming from the airport I could see a lot of development coming up.
I saw a lot of residential and commercial buildings but I couldn't see
an industry. All this looks like countryside development," The Times of India quoted Tata as saying. "Look at what Narendra Modi has done for Gujarat," the industrialist added.
the dark days of the Singur agitation surrounding the Nano car project
which was eventually shifted to Gujarat, Tata stated, "We had to shift a
completed factory out of Singur due to hostility to a different
location. There was a great risk involved in doing so. We had three lakh
orders for the Nano car. Customers had made full payment. We lost one
vital year in delivery because of which much of the enthusiasm about
Nano was dampened."
"I owe a great deal to Mr. Narendra Modi who
gave Nano its new home. A state government should be supportive of
industrial groups and should not be biased against anyone. It should act
as a facilitator," he added.