RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani has announced Rs. 5,000 crore investment in expanding telecom and petro-retail businesses in West Bengal and said his company is exploring the possibility of setting up a manufacturing facility for mobile phones and set-top boxes.
Speaking at the Bengal Global Business Summit as reported by PTI , India’s richest man paid lavish compliments to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saying that under her leadership “West Bengal is becoming Best Bengal!”
Ambani said his company Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) had committed an investment of Rs. 4,500 crore in the state but has ended up investing Rs. 15,000 crore.
“Didi, we could make this large investment only because you have created a friendly climate and an enabling policy infrastructure,” he said, adding that RIL has emerged as one of the largest investors in Bengal.
Most of the investment has been made in creating fourth- generation high-speed mobile and internet network for Reliance Jio, the telecom arm of RIL.
While Jio will reach 100 per cent of state population before the end of 2018, it is “embarking on an ambitious project of connecting Bengal with Optic Fibre”, he said.
Also, Reliance is setting up Digital Service Centres across India to bring Government to Citizen (G2C) services within easy reach of every citizen, particularly in the rural hinterland.
It will give birth to digital entrepreneurs in villages and small towns, kick-start e-commerce and support agriculture as well as small and medium enterprises.
Ambani said Bengal has said goodbye to the slow growth rate of the past and today is the fourth largest state economy in India, growing at 15.64 per cent, much higher than the national average.
“Investments in infrastructure have been unprecedented. A global think-tank ranked Kolkata second among the Indian metros on overall economic performance, even ahead of Mumbai,” he said. “Today, the state is famous for the ease of doing business! A miracle has happened.”
Stating that Bengal today means business, he said the state has adopted “a positive mind-set that can make the impossible possible.”