Kolkata: CHIEF Minister Mamata Banerjee today said that her government has adopted a zero compromise policy as regards the security of industrialists and that she will not spare even her own party cadres on this count.
The assertion came on the opening day of the state government organised Bengal Global Business Summit that witnessed an investment pledge by industrialists to the tune of Rs 17,000-crore. The Summit being held at New Town in Kolkata will conclude tomorrow.
The investments that have been pledged on the first day include Rs 10,000-crore by JSW Group of Sajjan Jindal, Rs 5,000-crore by Reliance Industries of Mukesh Ambani, Rs 1,000-crore by RP Sanjeev Goenka Group, and another Rs 1,000-crore by Saroj Poddar of Adventz.
“We in Bengal believe in unity and tolerance. I invite all my industrial friends to invest in the state without fear. I would like to assure that I will not compromise on the security of industrialists. Even my own party activists will not be spared,” the Chief Minister said inaugurating the Summit today morning.
Banerjee highlighted that Bengal has political stability, surplus power, skilled workforce, and zero man-days loss due to strike some of the key factors that industrialists consider before investing in a place.
“There is an air of unity and tolerance in the state. We have various castes, religions, and beliefs. Unity in diversity is our pride. People of Bengal always practice this unity in diversity and that is where the strength of our state lies.”
Referring to industrialists as “assets,” Miss Banerjee urged them to consider Bengal their ‘hometown.’ “We cannot make progress without you. Please invest in the state,” she said.
She also used the platform to send out a message to Trinamool workers and the common people of the state. “Just as the state cannot progress without agricultural development, similarly, without industrial growth the state cannot develop economically. So we all have to ensure that industrialists can run their business peacefully in the state.”
Despite not a single Union minister attending the Summit this time, the Chief Minister said that the meet has turned out to be “Top of the to.”
Lakshmi Mittal, the chairman of steel giant ArcelorMittal, Uday Kotak, executive vice-chairman of Kotak Mahindra Bank was among a galaxy of industrialists who were present at the Summit today.