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Industry ‘taunt’

Calcutta, Jan. 29: The state Congress is planning to hold an industrial conclave in Calcutta in March to prepare an alternative industrial policy for Bengal, a move apparently aimed at “taunting” the Mamata-Banerjee-led government that has so far failed to come up with an industrial policy.

The proposed conclave will be attended by industrialists, economists, bankers and representatives from various chambers of commerce, state Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya said this afternoon.

He said Union finance minister P. Chidambaram would be the main speaker at the conclave, which is scheduled to be held on March 23.

Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh and commerce and industries minister Anand Sharma are also expected to attend the event.

“There was a general perception that the government would come out with its industrial policy at the Bengal Leads summit. But it did not. So the Congress is organising a conclave to prepare an alternative industrial policy for Bengal,” economist Suman Mukherjee said.

A Trinamul vice-president said the Congress’s move was aimed at “taunting the government for its failure to come up with an industrial policy”.