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Bengal FM advises Tata to concentrate on hobbies

A day after Ratan Tata said he did not see much signs of industrial development in the West Bengal, West Bengal Industries and finance minister Amit Mitra today hit back at the Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons saying he is not briefed by his companies and should rather concentrate on his hobbies.

“This is lack of judgement on part of Ratan Tata. His own companies are adding 20,000 jobs in Bengal, I’m surprised his own companies don’t brief him,” Mitra said, claiming, “Tata Metallicks applied to us last week. They want to expand.”

Mitra went ahead to advise Ratan Tata to concentrate on his hobbies instead. “Doesn’t he know Anil Ambani is investing here? If I give you a list, it will take all day. Perhaps he should concentrate on his other hobbies like flying planes.” Mitra said.

Earlier on Wednesday evening during an interactive session organised by the Ladies Study Group of Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Rata Tata said, It has been about two years since I came to Kolkata… While driving from Rajarhat, I saw it is an unbelievable change in terms new buildings. But it still looks like a countryside, undeveloped…”I do not see much signs of industrial development.”

Tata, who was the chairman of Tata Sons then had to shift theNano plant from Singur in West Bengal to Sanand in Gujarat. The Nano project in West Bengal was announced in May 2006, immediately after Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was sworn in as the state’s chief minister for the second time. Soon, unwilling land losers at the project site, supported by then Opposition leader Mamata Banerjee, led an indefinite agitation against the project. Eventually, it led to the relocation of the project in October 2008, when the plant was nearly 80 per cent complete.


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