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West Bengal not comparable to Gujarat: Mamata

Posted on Jan 15, 04:53PM | IBNS

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said the state plagued by huge debts left by the Left Front government cannot be compared with Gujarat as she spoke at length at the inauguration of Bengal Leads 2013 business summit and showcased the measures taken by her government to boost industrialization.

"Some media is only showing negative news and not highlighting what we have achieved. Remember, Gujarat has got central help, it has not been plagued by huge debts like the previous government left for us," she said at Haldia town of East Midnapore district where Bengal Leads is being held from Jan 15 to 17.

"Does Gujarat has such debts? We have Rs 2 lakh crore worth of debt and my hands are empty for too many concessions and yet we are trying to do our best. We have successes in e-governance, e-tax filing, tourism, setting up land bank, power bank etc," said Banerjee.

She said investors should go and purchase land from farmers without any dispute and her government will clear all things very fast.

She said SAIL, ITC, NTPC are setting up huge projects in West Bengal and it is all rumours that nothing is happening. She said Bengal is the biggest potential area in tourism since all places from Darjeeling to Jungalmahal are peaceful now.

"I will also give you my own email id if you want. If you face any problem just let me know," she said.

"West Bengal will be the destination for future. Work culture does not come from the sky. It comes from the leadership and the leader must lead people," she said.

"We do not support bandh. The Opposition may be happy to call bandhs but we do not support it," she said.

She said in 2010-11 West Bengal had lost 68 lakh mandays while it came down to 65,000 in 2011-12 and it will be only 5000 in 2013.

She said the state is setting up many projects on PPP model.

She said an employment bank and skill development mission were set up.

At Bengal Leads the state exhibits its areas of strength and opportunities in varied sectors and facilitate interaction amongst all stakeholders.

"West Bengal is endowed with natural resources and with its rich human capital and all our combined endeavour, we are confident to take the state forward in all sectors of the economy," said Banerjee.

Officials said the main objective of holding this 'exhibition-cum-business summit' is to create a platform wherein the government will largely discuss and explain the vast business opportunities lying in store for the entrepreneurs as well for business houses in West Bengal and will also like to have direct interactions with all the stakeholders.

There will be panel discussions on different sectors including B2B meetings at the venue of the summit on 16th and 17th.

Top industrialists across the country and abroad have been invited to attend the inaugural ceremony of the summit as well as to attend the summit.