Taking note of the recent incidents of management-trade union face-off in West Bengal which dampened investor interest, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday called for a harmonious relation between the two entities.
“The responsibility of the trade unions is to do good for the labours. The unions must have a good understanding with the management of the companies. We will not tolerate politics of lockout. The unions should not do politics by shutting the gates of the factories. We do not want strikes.” she said. Such “dharmaghat (strikes)”, she added, result in loss of mandays, which “the state does not want”.
“The work culture has returned to the state and this positive development is attracting industries here,” said Mamata who was speaking at the inauguration of a new facility of an industrial group at Barjora in Bankura district which will manufacture Dielectric (Capacitor) Film.
The chief minister also inaugurated 48 ‘Karmatirtha’ (marketing hubs) that would provide jobs to around five lakh youths associated with the self-help groups.
“Some people say kotha kom kaaj besi (speak less, work more). I tell you (to) faki kom kaaj besi (make less excuses, work more)” the CM advised. “My policy is not to take away jobs but to provide them,” urging the youths to take training provided by the State government and other agencies.
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She spoke of Bankura’s “potentiality”, pointing out how the district has “done well in schemes like the 100-day-work programme (under MGNREGS). “From baluchari saris to terracotta, Bankura has a lot of potential for handicrafts. It is (also) a great tourism destination.”
Stressing that Bengal has become self-sufficient in producing agricultural crops like onions which were earlier brought from other states, Banerjee said that cultivation of the crop is being introduced in the district. “In Bengal we don’t cultivate onions. I have to buy onions from Nasik… In Bankura we already have started cultivating onion on 12,000 bighas of land,” she said.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has sent invitation letters to the industrialists and the chambers seeking suggestion for her upcoming trip to Singapore, scheduled from August 17 to 21. Mamata will fly to Singapore with her bureaucratic delegation and industrialists and chamber heads in a bid to attract investment. Rajeev Singh, director general of Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), confirmed that the chamber has received the invitation letter from the state government.
“We received an invitation letter today (Friday). The president of ICC would be the representative in Singapore. The government has sought for suggestions about the sectors in which investment from Singapore can be invited. The government is asking for suggestion on the focus of the visit, the opportunities in Bengal etc. We are preparing our suggestions and we would send it to the government shortly.” Singh added that investment on IT, Biotechnology, municipal waste, solid waste management, urban water, public transport, security system and infrastructure sectors can be invited from Singapore.