‘Tata are welcome to invest in Bengal’: TMC says no animosity with group – Times of India

New Delhi: Trinamool Congress welcome on monday Tata Group Nearly a decade after the anti-land acquisition agitation in Singur, which prompted it to move its proposed Nano car plant to Gujarat, to make major investments in the state.
Emphasizing that TMC never has any enmity with anyone ByeBengal Commerce and IT Minister Partha Chatterjee said Bengal is keen to attract new generation knowledge-driven industries like IT and ITeS.
“We never had any enmity with Tata, nor did we fight against them. They are one of the most respected and biggest business houses in this country and abroad as well. You cannot blame Tata (of the Singur fury). for),” Chatterjee said.
He also said that the salt-to-steel business group has shown interest in setting up another Tata center for its offices in Kolkata.
“The problem was with the Left Front government and its forced land acquisition policy. The Tata group is always welcome to come and invest in Bengal,” Chatterjee, general secretary of the ruling TMC, told news agency PTI.
As the TMC swept to power in Bengal for the third time in a row earlier this year, Chatterjee said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is keen to prioritize large investments in the manufacturing sector, with job creation being the top priority.
The State Industries Minister further said that incentives would be given to companies making large investments in West Bengal, but the nature and extent of incentives would depend on their employment generating capacity.
He said that the Mamata Banerjee government wants at least two large manufacturing units to be set up by any major industrial house in West Bengal at the earliest.
Speaking about the government’s priority areas for rapid industrialization and job creation, Chatterjee said setting up two major manufacturing units, especially in the iron and steel sector, tops the list.
“Industrialization and employment generation have been the focus areas in our party’s manifesto. There is no doubt that this is a challenge as the situation across the world is not conducive to the COVID situation.
“Our priority right now will be to bring in two big manufacturing companies which are job creators. I am talking to various stakeholders, industry captains and executives about it. We are on the job,” he said.
Singur, once known for cultivating several crops, later made headlines in the media. Tata Motors 2006 laid its eye on the ground to make the Nano its cheapest car. The Left Front government acquired 997.11 acres of land along National Highway 2 and handed it over to the company.
Mamata Banerjee, who was in the opposition at the time, had called for a 26-day hunger strike, demanding the return of the 347 acres of agricultural land that was “forcibly” acquired.
Despite several rounds of meetings between the TMC and the Left Front government, the issue could not be resolved and Tata eventually moved from Singur to Sanand in Gujarat in 2008. The land acquired for the project was later returned to the farmers in 2016.
(with inputs from agencies)

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