Kolkata: Sending a strong word of caution to investors, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee warned them of not paying any gratuitous amount to political parties for setting up industries in the state.

Banerjee said, “If one wants to give funds to the state, a contribution can be made for the development projects and efforts should be made to set up as many industries as possible.”

On the occasion of laying the foundation stone at the Eco Intelligence Park, Banerjee said, “For investors, the rules and regulations will be relaxed in the Bengal state.  Earlier the investor used to submit 99 documents and had to run from pillar to post to complete all formalities, but from now the process would be made easy.” I have never encouraged the policy of strike or lockout and so would consider making a law to stop it, she added.

Elaborating more, she said, the industrialists from now have to apply online and on genuine projects they will be required to fulfill only few official formalities for the clearance.

The CM warned that the industrialist and said, “Do not give money to any one for the clearance purpose, not even to the Ministers of state government.”

Without wasting the opportunity to target the Left front government in the state, Banerjee said, “Many industrial projects are pending for past many years, and we are seriously considering them now. If anyone under the guise of setting up industries has taken land and deliberately delaying the project, the required action would be initiated against the person.

She further said, “In order to end the corruption from the grass root level, we will implement the e-governance system at the Panchayat level. There is a huge scope for IT in the state.”

State Industry and IT Minister Partha Chatterjee and Industrialist Purnendu Chatterjee were also present at the occasion.

(JPN/ Bureau)