Maoist districts can become industrial belts: WB Chief Secy

The Maoist-affected districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia have the potential of becoming the industrial belt of West Bengal and acquiring land would not be a problem, Chief Secretary Ardhendu Sen said.

Last Updated: Jun 29, 2010, 22:13 PM IST

Kolkata: The Maoist-affected districts of
West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia have the potential of
becoming the industrial belt of West Bengal and acquiring land
would not be a problem, Chief Secretary Ardhendu Sen said.

"Given proper road connectivity with the industrial hubs
of Durgapur and Asansol, the left wing extremist-affected West
Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts can become potential
industrial belts," Sen said during an interaction with members
of the Bharat Chamber of Commerce here.

He said the districts were fit for setting up industrial
investments as agricultural production was low and there was
no problems about land acquisition as faced in Singur and
Nandigram --which were predominantly agricultural areas.

The government had earlier announced a development
package for the Maoist areas, including employment generation,
road and school construction, water management schemes and
strengthening of the Public Distribution System.

Stating that the government was giving importance to
rural development, he said the state`s poverty ratio at 28 per
cent remained the lowest in the country.

The rural-urban inequity was the lowest in the country,
he said, adding that health indicators like infant mortality,
morbidity and longevity also compared "very well" with other
big states.

PTI