Consensus needed for industrialisation in Bengal- Sudip

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Midnapur, West Bengal, Sep 13 (UNI) Consensus among all the political parties and the people was the need of the hour for building up any project to make the state industrially rich, said Standing Committee on Commerce and Industries and Industrial Reconstruction and Public Enterprise Chairman Sudip Bandyopadhaya.

'' We have arrived at a conclusion after touring the three industrially backward districts of Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapur that unless and until consensus is arrived, no industrialisation is possible. What people want is taking over those land, which are fallow and arid, or belong to the government. They also want employment of the local people at any cost, '' he added.

Earlier, Mr Bandyopadhaya along with five other MLAs of the Standing Committee met the District Magistrate of West Midnapur, senior district officials and members of all political parties and had deliberation with them.

The district CPI(M), however, did not send any representative.

Mr Bandyopadhaya said the District Magistrate of Bankura had procured 10,000 acre of arid land for the purpose of industrialisation. There was no problem also in Purulia district in setting up industries, he added.

The team visited the project areas of Jindal Steel Works and Bengal Steel Limited (JSW and Bengal Steel Limited) in Salboni, where Jindals would provide 89 per cent and the State Government 11 per cent for the Rs 35,000 crore project.

The team appreciated the package for the peasants and the local people by the Jindals and their social involvement while building up this projects.

Mr Bandyopadhaya said the team would submit its report to the state government within November and get the Action Taken Report back within the next six months.

UNI

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