Economy has taken a backseat in restive Lalgarh where security forces have launched a crackdown to reclaim territory from Maoist-backed tribals.
Business establishments, shops, small factories, transport services and even Central government programmes like NREGA are not functioning due to the strife between the Maoists and security forces.
Tribals are unable to enter forests to collect kendu leaves which they sell for a living for fear of being rounded up by security forces.
Admitting that restoration of faith among the business community and the villagers was necessary, West Midnapore District Magistrate N S Nigam told PTI that "until they feel they are safe, it is difficult to resume normal business".
"We are beginning the process of confidence building measures like providing relief to the people," he said.
Banks, petrol pumps and public transport system have also been affected for the last eight months due to frequent bandhs in the area.