Industrial progress not possible sans people's participation: Kamath

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Kolkata, May 27 (UNI) Industrial development in West Bengal would not be possible without ''people's participation'' , Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) president K V Kamath said today.

Interacting with the members of CII here, Mr Kamath said, '' The people of the state should be taken into confidence in all respects of industrialisation including land accquisition.'' He informed that the theme of CII for 2008-09 was '' India @ 75: The Emerging Agenda,'' and it would undertake an ''aspirational role'' and facilitate India's transformation to a global leader by 2022.

Mr Kamath said CII was aiming to deliver superior value-added services to members existing and potential, across all categories to enhance their individual and collective competitiveness and global reach sustainability.

CII was also looking at engaging the government at various levels by assimilating industry views and public opinion to add value to the governments in all the five states in the eastern region, he said.

Expressing concern over the militancy in the eastern region, Mr Kamath said government figures as well as general perception depicted that Naxalite violence was on the rise in the region and observed that this needed to be addressed as it hampered business directly.

'' CII would definitely take this up as a serious agenda,'' he maintained.

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