Calcutta, March 20: Industries minister Partha Chatterjee admitted in the Assembly today that there were discrepancies in investment figures cited by the government and the Economic Review, and attributed it to “lack of inter-departmental coordination”.
Taking responsibility of the lapse as the parliamentary affairs minister, Chatterjee said the chief minister’s office was working on ensuring better coordination to avoid a recurrence. “It is my responsibility. I admit it. I cannot avoid it,” he told the House in response to a question by Opposition leader Surjya Kanta Mishra.
The Economic Review, a document tabled along with the budget, mentions that industrial projects worth Rs 312.24 crore were implemented this fiscal, abysmally low in comparison with Rs 2,456.46 in 2011 and Rs 15,052.23 crore in 2010.
The figure, listed under the head “year-wise industrial projects implemented and investment catalysed in West Bengal”, was particularly stark against the backdrop of claims about investment proposals worth Rs 1,12,769.36 crore for 257 units since May 2011.
“I stand by the finance minister’s figure (of Rs 1,12,769.36 crore, mentioned during budget discussions),” Chatterjee said in the House.
Responding to Mishra’s question on private investment in industry between March 1 and December 31 last year, Chatterjee said: “In the 10-month period, private investment proposals have amounted to Rs 8,507.72 crore, of which Rs 2,108.14 crore have already been realised.”
When the CPM leader pointed out that investment proposals would amount to Rs 1,04,261.64 crore in the remaining 12 months of Trinamul rule according to the figures cited by Chatterjee, the minister refused comment.