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Kolkata: THE Bengal Global Business Summit that concluded today has attracted investment proposals worth Rs 2.19-lakh crore, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said.

The two-day Summit has, however, failed to draw any big-ticket industry plan and the proposals either pertains to augmenting existing industrial units or setting up new medium scale industrial units.

This notwithstanding, the Chief Minister said that realisation of the investment proposals, received this Summit, will create as many as 20-lakh jobs in the state over the next five years. Given Bengal’s stagnant job market, this will be something to look forward to.

In her concluding address, Banerjee said that 50 per cent of the proposals received in the Summit last year is currently in the process of implementation.

State finance minister Amit Mitra later gave a sector-wise breakup of the Rs 2.19-lakh crore investment proposals received this Summit.

According to him, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors have received the highest investment proposals at Rs 1,56,811-crore; followed by MSME sector at Rs 52,952-crore; hospitality and tourism sectors at Rs 1,483-crore; IT and ITeS at Rs 1,146-crore; and animal resource, food processing, and horticulture have bagged Rs 1,518-crore.

Health, education, and skill development sectors have together attracted investment proposals worth Rs 6,015-crore.

Mitra added that as regards job creation potential, the major job providers will be Kanpur Leather Company that will employ 1-lakh people, while mobility giants Uber and Ola will create another 1-lakh employment opportunities.

The Summit next year will be on 7 and 8 February. The first day will be reserved for world business summit, and a conclave will be held the next day, the Chief Minister said.

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