Kolkata: West Bengal Governor KN Tripathi on Thursday credited Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her initiatives in attracting industries to the state and said the government has to create an atmosphere to promote industrial and commercial growth.
"The state government is trying its best to showcase West Bengal's all-round potential not only to the business community in the country, but also abroad and its efforts are paying off," Tripathi said while addressing the AGM of The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry here.
"We have to foresee the future. Businessmen and industrialists being protective in nature, do require some security and assistance in matters and relating to investments. It is the joint duty of all of us, including the government to create an atmosphere to this effect. Not mere talks, but concrete steps are necessary," the Governor said.
Lauding the business meetings conducted by the West Bengal government to woo investment in the state, Tripathi said "The credit for this goes to the initiatives of the Chief Minister in holding pan India meets.
"Two such meets have been held in New Delhi and Mumbai. In the state, there were similar industry meets. Of late, her visit to Singapore has elicited fair amount of industry interest. I am sure the state government will achieve success in garnering investments."
Describing West Bengal as an agricultural state, Tripathi said it also has tremendous potential in the industries sector and was a viable avenue to generate wealth for the masses and employment opportunities for its educated and skilled youth.
"West Bengal is predominantly an agricultural state with almost 63 per cent of land under different types of multi-layered cultivation as against the national average 45 per cent. It is a great asset for the state and provides employment to a large number of people.
"The state government is also aware of the tremendous potential it has in the industries sector as a viable avenue to generate wealth for the masses and employment opportunities for its educated and skilled youth," the Governor said.