Is West Bengal Wooing Tata Again?

author image Rishi
Monday 30 March 2009, 00:00 AM

According to the latest statement from the West Bengal Chief Minister, the people of WB want Nano to come back to the state. "People of Singur want the factory over there, they are very hopeful and I have conveyed this to the higher authorities of the Tata Group," Bhattacharjee said in an interview to a private regional news channel here.

Tata Motors had shifted its plant from West Bengal to Sanand in Gujarat after facing severe protests from the agitated farmers in the state. The farmers alleged that the government had forcefully taken away their land and wanted their land back instead of any monetary compensation.

Now the state government is planning new ventures in the same plot of land that was allotted to Tata Motors. "I am trying to set up a factory in that plot in Singur. We have already spoken to a few Indian as well as foreign companies. In fact, now our industry secretary is in China talking to a company over there," the chief minister said. According to the Chief Minister, the state government aims to generate similar employment opportunities once again in the region that was to be produced with the Nano plant. "It is very important that the youth of the state get employment," he said.

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