West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday called on business leaders to invest in the state fearlessly.
Addressing the Bengal Global Business Summit 2016, with finance minister Arun Jaitley in attendance, she claimed her government would return to power in the assembly elections slated for April-May.
Rail minister Suresh Prabhu, road and transport Nitin Gadkari and power and coal minister Piyush Goyal were also present at the summit, as were leading industrialists such as Reliance Industries Ltd chairman Mukesh Ambani, Niranjan Hiranandani (MD Hiranandani group), Sajjan Jindal (chairman, JSW group), YC Deveshwar (chairman, ITC), Rakesh Bharti Mittal (vicechairman, Bharti Enterprises) and Sanjiv Goenka (chairman, RP-Sanjiv Goenka group).
RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani said his company is keen to grow in the state. “We have already invested Rs 5,000 crore in West Bengal through our telecom arm, Reliance Jio. We will further invest in connecting 40,000 villages, 2,800 colleges, all rural and urban schools and all hospitals,” he said, adding West Bengal is one of India’s top states on “ease of doing business”, which Hiranandani endorsed.
The chief minister claimed that Bengal Global Business Summit 2015 had tied up investment worth Rs 2.43 lakh crore, and “Out of that, investments worth Rs 94,000 crore has already fructified and the remaining are in the pipeline”.
On Friday, Japanese logistics giant Kawasaki-Rikuso Transportation Company announced plans to invest in setting up an ultramodern cold storage facility at Singur in Hooghly district, the former home of the aborted Nano factory.