Stressing on building a pro-development atmosphere, Shah stated, "If more than investments, money of the common man is swindled in the Saradha Chit fund scam, then there can't be development. If there are bomb blasts everyday and it creates an atmosphere of fear and suspicion, there can't be development."

Speaking at a programme at the Indian Chamber Of Commerce, Shah added there was a time when West Bengal was a leader in many areas, but not so today. "Bengal was one of the leading states in the country, but after 68 years of Independence you can see where it has reached. There has been a long communist rule in Bengal and at the end of it Trinamool Congress came to power with much hope. However, people got only disappointment," Shah said.  "If the law and order situation is not good, you can't have investments. I hope the state government will take initiatives in making the environment of the state conducive for development," he added.

Noting that the NITI Aayog's purpose was to bring all states together and usher in a comprehensive development for the country, Shah cited the development schemes would not be able to bear fruit if the atmosphere was not conducive to development.

"The NITI Aayog was formed to bring all states together irrespective of governments and political parties heading them to usher in a new development for India. We are eager to help the states prosper," he said.

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