Pro-business govt is a pro-poor govt, says Sushil Modi

Written by PTI | Kolkata | Updated: Aug 2 2014, 22:47pm hrs
Sushil ModiSushil Modi said that a pro-poor govt would also have to be pro-business govt for revenues to generate for the state. PTI
Former deputy Chief Minister of Bihar and BJP leader Sushil Modi today said that a pro-poor government would also have to be pro-business government for revenues to generate for the state.

"I think a pro-business government will also be pro-poor government. A pro-business government will be able to generate more revenues which can be utilised for helping the poor of a state", Modi said at the AGM of Indian Chamber of Commerce here.

In an indirect reference to the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal, Modi said "a pro-poor government without being pro-business is of no use".

Stating that land was a critical issue in densely populated states like Bihar and West Bengal, Modi said that availability of the input was a serious constraint.

Modi also urged both Bihar and West Bengal to work together for the Jagdishpur-Haldia pipeline to see the light of the day.

He said that both the states would be benefitted from cheap natural gas which would be made available from the pipeline.

Modi also said that both the states could also work in developing a common Buddhist tourism circuit as Kolkata was the entry point for people coming from the Far East.