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August 27, 2011

Positive Energy the essence of Ma, Mati, Manush Government, feels industrialists of Paschimbanga

Positive Energy the essence of Ma, Mati, Manush Government, feels industrialists of Paschimbanga

Industry appears to have taken note of the `positive energy` radiating from the new government but it wants to hear more to bury the ghost of `negative perception` that has been haunting Bengal.

“There is no doubt that a lot of positive energy is being shown by the new government. They have the intent, no doubt,” said Sanjiv Goenka, Chairman of the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group.

Biswadip Gupta, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of  JSW Bengal Steel, could not agree more. `The new government is definitely keen. It has begun with low-hanging fruit like IT, health care and tourism. The statement on bandhs (Ms Banerjee has appealed to all parties to shun such shutdowns) is being appreciated too,` he said.

Mahendra K. Jalan, Chairman of the Keventer Group, agreed that the labour situation had improved in Bengal. `Militant trade unionism is being dealt with immediately. This is good,` he said.

The investors do concede that the new government is showing energy and intent.

Partha Chatterjee, State Industries and IT Minister, said the government would take the necessary steps to boost investor confidence. He stressed that the government was committed to industrialization.

`We are getting many proposals. I call them expression of interest. Investors across the country and outside are showing interest. But this government is cautious. We will go through them (the proposals) very carefully before giving the go-ahead,` he said.

Mr. Chatterjee said there was ample clarity for investors. `I have shown all the cards: what we can do and what we can`t,` he said.

He added that a land-bank and land-use map the government is preparing would help investors to identify plots.

`We have got Infosys chairman emeritus N.R. Narayana Murthy and technocrat Sam Pitroda to head the panel on IT,` he said, adding the government would come up with new IT and industry policies.

Source: The Telegraph, Web Edition dated 27.08.2011