Industry in Bengal need oxygen: Nirmala Sitharaman

Abhishek Law Kolkata | Updated on April 20, 2021

There is a need for a globalised approach; will ensure the revival of the industry scenario here, she said

Union finance and corporate affairs minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, on Tuesday said industry in West Bengal needs “a lot more oxygen” (support) to flourish while ensuring “globalised approach”.

Pointing out that history of India was written from the State, the Union Finance Minister raised the issue of providing more support to ensure revival of the industrial scenario here.

“Industry in West Bengal needs oxygen (support) to flourish. Given the history of Bengal, there is a need for a globalised approach. Those strengths should come back,” she said during an interactive session organised by the MCCI.

Referring to Darjeeling tea, as a case point, she said “a signature product” like this was “languishing”. More branding was required to push signature offerings.

Without elaborating, the FM said this was the scenario across products and sectors in the State.

“When we used to go out earlier, we saw a variety of teas around us. Where was Darjeeling tea in that scheme of things? Right down there at the bottom. Even a signature product like the Darjeeling tea is languishing. Earlier Kolkata used to shine with industries. It should now lead the country in terms of industry or keep with industry in rest of India,” Sitharaman said.

On being asked for details, Sitharaman said the party’s manifesto has detailed out all aspects that it would address once it is in power here in the State.

“There is no doubt that BJP is coming to power in Bengal. We have given a manifesto where there is detailed information about the revival of Bengal’s economy; transfer of benefits to farmers; ensuring livelihood and minimum guarantee across segments like fishermen and so on,” she added.

Published on April 20, 2021

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