Youth Congress activists protest against Mamata-led W.Bengal Government in Kolkata

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 05, 2012 13:00 hrs

Youth Congress activists protested against the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal Government, complaining about its wrong industrial policies.

Protesters took to streets on Monday in Kolkata, holding placards, utensils and shouting slogans against the state government and Chief Minister Banerjee.

West Bengal Youth Congress president Raja Saha said unemployment is rising due to the wrong industrial policies of the Trinamool Congress government.

Haldia Bulk Terminals (HBT), a cargo handling firm jointly promoted by ABG group of India and French logistics company LDA, announced on October 31 that it would be ending its operations at the Haldia port in West Bengal due to unsafe work conditions.

Operations of HBT, which handles cargo with mechanised cranes in berth No 2 and No 8 at the Haldia Dock Complex, had been stopped since mid-September.

The cargo firm had retrenched 275 employees citing that they were surplus.

HBT's exit from the Haldia Port exposed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's lie that full police protection was being provided at Haldia.

"The youth Congress activists in Kolkata have come on the street to protest against the state government. This state government have no policy regarding the industries that is why all the industrial image of the state government is very bad right now. On the earlier occasion, the Left front government had the wrong policy regarding industries. But the new government in West Bengal after political change, this government does not have nay policy regarding the industry that is why the unemployed youth are suffering a lot. CM of this state very much interested and concerned about the national policies and politics but she has been elected by the youth of the state for the betterment of the state. That is why the youth of the state is demanding immediate CBI enquiry in Haldia, to save Haldia," said Saha.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) had pulled out of the central government in September over the latter's big-ticket reform measures.

Banerjee had demanded the government reverse its decision to raise diesel prices and open India's supermarket sector to investment from foreign chains such as Wal-Mart Stores.

Retail reform was among a series of "big bang" economic reforms launched in September. They are seen as crucial to reviving India's flagging economic growth, reining in a bloated fiscal deficit and warding off the spectre of a credit rating downgrade.

But the measures sparked a furious backlash from Banerjee and other political parties, who condemned them as a needless attack on India's hundreds of millions of poor people.

Growth in Asia's third-largest economy has languished near its slowest in three years amid an avalanche of criticism for Singh's government, which has grappled with a spate of political scandals since his second term began in 2009.

Banerjee came to power in West Bengal in 2011, ending more than three decades of Communist rule in the state. Colloquially known as "Didi", or "elder sister", Banerjee's supporters hail her as a champion of India's poor and dispossessed.

But her politics have been a thorn in the side of the government. Her protests were instrumental in blocking a slew of economic measures, from retail reform to allowing foreign direct investment into India's aviation and insurance sectors.(ANI)

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