May 29, 2011
Chief Minister interacts with NRIs in USA, asks to send projects
Kolkata, May 29: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday asked all Bengali non-resident Indians (NRIs) keen on investing in Bengal to start sending their projects to an NRI cell that would soon be formed in the State Finance Department. The cell, she assured, would expeditiously process all their investment proposals and reply to them on a weekly basis.
Welcoming NRIs, particularly Bengalis abroad, to come and participate in Bengal`s resurgence, Ms Banerjee urged them to give her a year to set up infrastructure necessary for draw investment. “There has been too much politics and nothing has been done. I have to first set up infrastructure which takes time. Give me a year to make significant progress,” she told the NRIs. The Chief Minister was interacting with mostly Bengali NRIs in the USA during a 45 minute video conference organised and telecast live by a private television channel on Saturday. The Chief Minister was seated in the conference room at Writers` Buildings while her interlocutors were in New Jersey, US.
Declaring that her government`s immediate priority was to get the state machinery out of 34 years of sloth, the Chief Minister said she was confident that the beginning her government had made towards toning up work culture would succeed. Government employees and officers were cooperating, she said and asserted, “There will be no compromise on this front.”
The Chief Minister assured NRIs that they needn`t be scared that her political stand on Singur and Nandigram would come in the way of them acquiring land to set up factories and other businesses. “We will work to make Bengal the country’s main investment destination for foreigners and NRIs,” she said.