Kolkata: Despite the Singur fiasco, the West Bengal government has yet not closed the doors for Tata Group in the state. In an effort to revive the poor financial condition and provide fillip to industrial sector, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has called leading industrialists for important meeting in this regard on June 18.    

Despite the sour relations in the past, an invitation has been served to Tata Group for the meeting which is expected to be attended by over 100 prominent industrialists of the country including Rahul Bajaj and Anil Ambani.

It is worth mentioning here that Tata had to face heavy opposition from Trinamool Congress led by Banerjee over setting up Nano plant in Singur. Owing to the large scale agitation and violence, Tata had been compelled to shift the plant to Gujarat.

Economic expert Abhirup Sarkar said, “As Trinamool Congress had led the agitation at Singur and it was a part of their election promises made to people, it was bound to pass the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Bill 2011in the state assembly.” He opined that past incidents should not play an obstacle in the state’s development.

Sarkar further added, “Holding deliberations with industrialists is a healthy initiative on behalf of the state government, even Tata Group should understand the constraints of a political party.”

After Trinamool Congress swept the WB elections, Tata Group had congratulated Mamata for the party performance. In its reply, the WB government had sought the Group’s support for the development of state.

Former FICCI secretary-general and WB Finance Minster Amit Mitra has been striving hard to attract investment in state.

JPN/Bureau