Industrialisation must for generating employment : Lord Swraj Paul

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Kolkata, Apr 8 (UNI) Caparo Group founder Lord Swraj Paul today averred that employment generation was impossible sans industrialisation and advocated that West Bengal must follow China's policy in utilising the abundant human resources to bring about development.

Talking to newsmen here, Lord Paul, who called on Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee at the Writers' Buildings, said, '' West Bengal is marching towards development riding on the present industrialisation, '' and stated that he would would carry this message to British Parliament.

He would apprise both House of Lords and House of Commons of the development in the state.

Elaborating on his discussion with Mr Bhattacharjee, he said they not only discussed trade and commerce but also dwelt on culture, education and terrorism.

'' Terrorisn is also a problem in the United Kingdom and we have discussed about the remedial measures, '' Lord Paul asserted.

Referring to the reported protest at Singur during his visit to the Tata Motors' small car site this morning, he said, '' Everything is fine there and people of Singur are very impressive. '' Lord Paul denied that he faced any such protest.

'' West Bengal is the third highest economically developed state in the country and it will surely achieve its target with the present industrialisation process, '' he opined.

Earlier at Singur, he said, '' I am here to strengthen relations between the UK and West Bengal. The Tata project will transform the economy of the region. '' He claimed that industrialisation in the area would provide employment to hundreds of local people and the benefits would be reaped by the future generations.

On the alleged suicides being committed by farmers, whose lands were taken away for the project, he said, '' It is the responsibility of both government and Opposition to ensure that such tragic incidents do not recur. '' He also inaugurated an ancillary unit at the project site. The Caparo Group would invest Rs 100 crore in the ancillary industries to supply ten per cent of the components of the Nano project.

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