KOLKATA, 21 December, 2008: In a virtual endorsement of West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s call for greater industrialisation in the State, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said here on Sunday that he was in favour of the setting up new industries in the State that would increase employment opportunities.
“For development we need land. Industry cannot be built in the sky,” Mr. Mukherjee said in an apparent dig at those opposed to the acquisition of land for the purpose of setting up industries.
Agriculture yield had increased but that had not solved the problem of providing jobs to the youth. “I am for industry…Without industrial development, elimination of poverty and jobs for all is not possible,” Mr. Mukherjee asserted.