Calcutta, Oct. 23: Mamata Banerjee will play host to a select set of Calcutta-based industrialists on October 28 as part of her annual fare to celebrate Vijaya Sammelani and Diwali.
Industries minister Partha Chatterjee said around 400 people would be invited to the event at Ballygunj Park Road.
“We started sending invites from today. It will be a meaningful interaction,” he said.
Chatterjee refused comment when asked who all were expected to attend the event. “We will also invite industry leaders from outside Bengal. But I do not know how many can make it at a short notice of four days,” the minister said.
This will be Mamata’s third interaction with industrialists this year. The first one at Haldia during the Bengal Leads summit in January was a flop show as hardly any industrialist from outside the state attended it.
The second round of interactions in Mumbai in August was a success as industrialists and bankers such as Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, ICICI Bank managing director Chanda Kochhar and Kotak Mahindra Bank vice-chairman Uday Kotak were in attendance.
Industry observers said they had noticed a perceptible change in the Bengal government’s attitude towards industry since the chief minister’s Mumbai trip. Since then, the government has cleared impediments in the way of rolling out fourth-generation wireless data services by several operators, including Reliance.
The government has also proposed a host of changes in marketing of agricultural products.
“I am hoping that it will be a good interaction (at the October 28 programme) because the setting of this annual event is always informal and the chief minister is generally in a relaxed mood,” said a city-based industrialist.