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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today said industrialists are "very happy" with her policies and are ready to invest in the state.

"Earlier there was a perception that nothing is there but today we clarified our position and now they are very happy and they have said that they will invest in West Bengal," she said after meeting the captains of industry here.

Over 40 industrialists from both private and public sectors, including SAIL chairman C S Verma, Bharti Enterprises VC and MD Rajan Mittal, Hero MotoCorp MD and CEO Pawan Munjal, Coca-Cola India president and CEO Atul Singh and Kolkata-based businessman Sanjiv Goenka, attended the meeting.

Satisfied with the meeting, Atul Singh said: "We will definitly take a look at our expansion plans and include West Bengal in our expansion plans. We have plans not only to promote sale of our beverages but also to provide inclusive growth in the rural areas of West Bengal".

Mr Singh said that his company has trained thousands of small retailers in the state and would continue to do that.

"We will continue to invest further in expanding our skill training programme for rural retailers and we will also continue to work with farmers across India including West Bengal. What we heard today was very positive, our colleagues from industry were very impressed.

"What we heard from all the speakers from the West Bengal government and we are really looking forward to positively review our plans when it comes to investment in West Bengal," he added.

Story first published on: December 17, 2012 22:41 (IST)

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