Bengal ranks high in ease of doing business: Captains of Industry

The delegates from industry who attended Bengal Global Business Summit 2016 were very positive about the State’s prospects in drawing more investments in industry. They were glowing in their tributes to the State Government’s policies for industry, and were very hopeful for the State’s future.

Mukesh Ambani, Reliance Industries

It’s my privilege and honour to participate in Bengal Global Business Summit. It has exceeded my expectations. Events like these are transformative for the States. This event will create partnerships. West Bengal ranks high in terms of ease of doing business. I congratulate Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee for her leadership. Reliance has invested over Rs 5000 crore in the last three years in Bengal. I thank her for making the process of clearance of projects simpler. When it comes to investment destinations, Bengal ranks high for me, thanks to the ease of doing business. We want to partner with small entrepreneurs of West Bengal and build shared prosperity together. Reliance will work with the West Bengal Government at the grassroots level to bring thousands of footballers into mainstream. I assure Mamata Didi, Reliance will be your reliable partner in your dream of building a glorious Bengal.

Subhas Chandra, Essel Group

Zee Bangla is airing a reality show to promote entrepreneurs. The name ‘Egiye Bangla’ was given by Mamata Didi. Bengal is number one in India in the MSME sector and is the sixth largest economy in India. We will invest Rs 4000 crore in Bengal in the next two years and it will have an impact worth Rs 40,000 crore.

Darshan Hiranandani, Hiranandani Group

The ease of doing business has improved in West Bengal. We congratulate the West Bengal Chief Minister. Whereas earlier businesses were afraid to come here, we found that the State is now one of the friendliest States for investment.

Sajjan Jindal, JSW Group

Industrialist Sajjan Jindal praised Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee for her initiatives regarding JSW Group’s cement plant in Salboni. He further said, “We have already submitted proposals to build a large power plant in Salboni” and that “Bengal is one of the best states to invest in.”

Kawasaki-Rikuso Transportation Company

The Japanese company, Kawasaki-Rikuso Transportation Company would build a solar-powered warehouse in Singur

HM Bangur, Shree Cement

We want to come to Bengal with a modern cement industry. There would be an announcement within a week regarding this.

Purnendu Chatterjee, The Chatterjee Group

How you solve a problem is also an important component of doing business. Things have changed with respect to the environment of doing business in Bengal. Haldia Petrochemicals was revitalized, as a result of which the state exchequer earned Rs 650 crore. West Bengal has the attitude to solve problems.

The West Bengal Industries Minister, Dr Amit Mitra announced that Purnendu Chatterjee is looking at setting up a greenfield refinery with an investment worth Rs 20,000 crore.

TV Mohandas Pai, Manipal Global Education

In this century jobs will be created by startups using technology. West Bengal has 5000 startups with talented young people. The State’s startup policy is one of the best in India.

Ashok Chauhan, Amity Group of Institutions

I have plans to invest Rs 2000 crore in education and training. I want to set up a Bengal Research and Innovation Centre.

Dr Devi Shetty, Narayana Health

We have made an investment of Rs 250 crore in West Bengal. The West Bengal Government has a fantastic blueprint to bring down maternal and infant mortality.

Malayappan Murali, Sriram Properties

We saw a new order, a new sense of hope in Bengal. There is ease of doing business. We would invest Rs 6500 crore in the construction sector in the State.

Delegate from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Singapore

The delegate from ITE, Singapore spoke about collaborations with West Bengal in the education sector. ITE is interested in developing a world-class education hub in the State.

Vice President praises Mamata Banerjee for her dynamic leadership

Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Thursday praised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her dynamic leadership.

Under the leadership of Banerjee the state is becoming an attractive destination for investors and doing business in Bengal today is easier, simpler and faster, Ansari said.

The international interest in the state was on display during her recent visit, along with her business delegation to UK, where more than twenty memorandums of understanding were signed, the Vice President said.

Today, West Bengal, with a higher than national average GDP, stands ready to claim its rightful place in a rapidly growing India.

WB CM expresses concern on rising incidents of Swine flu

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today expressed concern over the increasing rates of swine flu in the country.

The CM today expressed distress over the matter saying:

“The incidents of Swine Flu have been on the increase. Certain diseases become a matter of concern. But instead of getting panicky, we must work together to widely spread awareness about the do’s and don’ts to prevent it as much as possible.

As of now, 833 deaths have taken place due to Swine Flu this year in the entire country of which, the number of deaths are 214 in Rajasthan, 207 in Gujarat, 112 in Madhya Pradesh, 99 in Maharashtra, 51 in Telengana, 33 in Karnataka, 20 in Haryana, 10 in Andhra Pradesh, 8 in Delhi, etc.

Despite all our efforts and making available necessary medicines, 5 unfortunate deaths, including 1 patient from Mumbai, have taken place in our State so far.

It is time for the Central Government, State Governments and NGOs to work together to take all necessary remedial measures.”

The CM also expressed concern on the same matter over Twitter.


Peaceful polling in the Bengal bypolls

Bypolls for Bongaon Parliamentary Constituency and Krishnaganj Assembly Constituency were held today at Bongaon and Krishnaganj. The poll lasted from 8 AM to 5 PM today. The Bongaon seat had fallen vacant due to the death of Kapil Krishna Thakur and Krishnaganj seat was vacant due to the demise of Sushil Biswas.


The Trinamool candidates for the constituencies were:

Bongaon – Mamatabala Thakur

Krishnaganj – Satyajit Biswas

The polling percentage in the four constituencies till 5 p.m. was as follows:

Bongaon – 73%

Krishnaganj – 78%

AITC Secretary General Partha Chatterjee met the press after the polling. He said:

We thank the voters of Krishnaganj and Bongaon for their enthusiasm: Partha Chatterjee addressing a press conference. Despite the smear campaign and propaganda by the Opposition, today’s polls were peaceful. Opposition has realised that people have reposed their faith on Mamata Banerjee’s developmental agenda. Opposition has comprehended TMC will win. So they are making false claims now. People will support Mamata Banerjee’s agenda of development, peace and prosperity. 78% turnout in Krishnaganj and 73% polling in Bongaon so far. We congratulate people. We thank the voters of Bongaon and Krishnaganj.