‘Opportunity’ on a platter

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SummaryThe issues of land acquisition, bureaucratic bottlenecks and trade union excesses in West Bengal were highlighted as some of the concerns of India Inc when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a closed-door meeting with industry leaders here on Monday.

The issues of land acquisition, bureaucratic bottlenecks and trade union excesses in West Bengal were highlighted as some of the concerns of India Inc when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a closed-door meeting with industry leaders here on Monday. Mamata, Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee and Finance Minister Amit Mitra showcased Bengal as a land of opportunities with surplus power, huge talent pool and a government with renewed thrust on development. “Bengal needs to create predictable policies so that there are no uncertainties. There is a long way to go. But the CM is serious and passionate about investments,” said Sunil Munjal, joint-MD of Hero Motorcorp. “The CM means well. But her administration has to follow it up. Any issue that comes to her notice gets sorted promptly. But not every issue can come to her notice all the time,” Y K Modi, chairman of Great Eastern Energy Corporation, told reporters. Of the 100-odd invitees, 42 “who’s who” from the industry turned up for the event. During her visit to Parliament earlier in the day, Mamata reiterated that her government was not going to carry unilateral acquisition of land for industry. “The Central Bill on land acquisition does not take into account those who work on land. The state law will be pro-industry as well as pro-farmer,” she said.

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