Kolkata, Nov 21, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS): State industries minister Nirupam Sen on Thursday accused the opposition Trinamool Congress (TMC) of choking West Bengal’s industrialisation by badmouthing the Left Front government.
“All the misinformation that they (TMC) are spreading about the state’s policies and the government is hampering Bengal’s industrialisation. The companies only find the truth when they come here,” Sen said.
Sen was speaking at the inauguration of two trade fairs — ENGEETECH 2010 and BACE 2010 — at the Science City grounds here on Tuesday.
“Despite all they keep on saying, the fact is that West Bengal has experienced a robust industrial growth of over 10.5 percent last year,” he added.
The four-day expositions, organised by The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry and industrial engineering products information and service provider IPF Online, will go on simultaneously till Nov. 21.
The two exhibitions aim to cater to eastern India’s growing requirement of advanced technology in engineering and construction segments by providing a platform to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) a platform to interact and trade, the organisers said.
Minister-in-Charge, Micro and Small Scale Enterprises and Textiles Manabendra Mukherjee said, “Bengal has the largest number of MSMEs in the country and also the number of people employed in the sector is higher than any other state.”
With 170 national and international exhibitors setting up stalls, the event is the first of its kind and scale in the this part of the country, the organisers said.
ENGEETECH and BACE hope to provide a platform for the small and medium players in engineering and construction to trade and interact.
“For this event we chose Bengal because warmth of the industry here and also the growth potential that we see here,” IPF Online chief executive Linus Lobo said.