Furious state to challenge Centre’s investment claim
Allegation: Data for 2011-12 and 2012-13 are understated and 2005-06 and 2010-11 are inflatedkolkata Updated: Jun 20, 2013 10:02 IST
The West Bengal government has now decided to up the ante against the Union commerce ministry’s department of industrial policy and promotion for allegedly showing the new investment figures in West Bengal in the first two years of the Mamata Banerjee led regime in poor light against similar figures achieved during the last five years of the earlier Left Front regime.
This is the second central agency with which the state government wants to go for a confrontation over figures. The first being the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) against whom the state government’s allegation was showing inflated figures on crime against women in West Bengal during the calendar year 2012.
In case of department of industrial policy and promotion, the state government allegation is that while its figures on new investment proposal in West Bengal during 2011-12 and 2012-13 were understated, the same figures from 2005-06 and 2010-11 were much inflated.
The state government has already registered its objections on the central figures on crime against women by filing two disclaimers to NCRB, which the bureau allegedly refused to publish, as claimed by the state Director General of Police, Naparajit Mukherjee.
Now, according to Writers’ Buildings sources, the state government is considering similar disclaimers to the department of industrial policy and promotion challenging the department’s figures on the new industrial investment figures for both the first two years of the Trinamool regime and the last five years of the earlier Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee-led seventh Left Front regime. But what the officials of the state commerce and industries department official is befuddled about is how the state government would challenge the figures of the department of industrial policy and promotion, in a situation when the website of the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) virtually confirms an impressive new investment figure during the last five years of the seventh Left Front rule.
According to the WBIDC website, the investment from 2006 to 2010, the last five years of the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee led regime, the total investment figure had been Rs 36,489.13 crore, with 2010 being the best year on this count attracting a total investment of Rs 15,052.23 crore. Surprisingly, the same WBIDC website was silent on the industrial investment figures for 2011 and 2012, the first two years of the Mamata Banerjee-led regime.
Sources said the figures for 2011 and 2012 would be uploaded only after revising the figures from 2006 to 2010, which the government top brass feels is highly inflated and misleading.