Bengal minister declares 'Tatas are welcome' 13 years after Singur movement.

Tata are welcome in Bengal

Tata are welcome in Bengal

Partha Chatterjee, West Bengal's industry and information technology minister, said on Monday that the Tata Group has always been allowed to participate in the state since the governing Trinamool Congress (TMC) has never had problems with company."The problem was with the Left Front government and its forcible land acquisition policy.

Tata group is always most welcome to come and invest in Bengal,” Chatterjee was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.Chatterjee continued, "The TMC did not fight the Tatas, and therefore cannot be responsible for what happened in Singur 13 years ago." . "We never had any enmity with the Tatas, nor did we fight against them. They are one of the most respected and biggest business houses of this country and also abroad. You can't blame the Tatas (for the Singur fiasco),” the minister said, according to PTI.Chatterjee's remarks are significant because the TMC came to power in 2011 after ousting the Left administration in Singur, which was fueled by anti-land acquisition protests.

Tatas was compelled to relocate their Nano vehicle production facility to Gujarat as a result of the protests.Farmers protested the Left administration's land purchase in Singur in 2006, alleging that they were not sufficiently compensated by the govt.  "We already have the presence of Tata Metaliks, one Tata Centre besides the TCS here. But if they are willing to come up with big-ticket investments in manufacturing or other sectors, there is no problem. Our IT secretary recently told me they had shown interest in setting up a Tata Centre here," he said.The TMC leader said that the Tatas had expressed some interest in establishing a new facility and that he has been in contact with several Tata executives. Chatterjee told PTI that industrialization and employment generation are his major party goals, as stated with in democratic platform, so the govt is prepared to assist any firm that can help create jobs.



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