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Mamata to inaugurate Bengal Leads today

Posted on Jan 15, 12:34PM | IBNS

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate industrial fair Bengal Leads Conclave at Haldia on Tuesday.

The three-day fair, which comes in the wake of the successful Vibrant Gujarat, aims to project Haldia as a prime industrial destination.

However, experts suggest that the conclave isn't expected to be much more than a government-sponsored token event.

Though the Mamata Banerjee government is keen to put the state in the country's industrial map, it's hands-off policy when it comes to acquiring land, has done little to attract investment.

It's also ironical that private cargo handler ABG Haldia Bulk Terminals' (HBT) pulled out from the port a while ago because of law and order problems.

Around 1,500 delegates are expected to attend the event and 210 stalls have been set up.

However, the government has remained tight-lipped about the names of industrialists who were to take part in the event.

According to reports, no top industrialist is scheduled to take part in the event and there were no business proposals either.

"There is nothing in big names. What matters, is investment," West Bengal industry minister Partha Chatterjee had said.