Apropos of the editorial “Responsible Mamata?” (FE, March 26), while appreciating acceleration in revenue generation, it has to be kept in mind that it has its saturation point as well. Further, diversion of funds from important portfolios to populist measures and the CM’s pet projects which have no productive ends should be avoided immediately. What West Bengal desperately needs is big industries, which requires a clear land policy, an area where it hopelessly lacks. Unless the industrialists are assured by the government about procurement of lands with government help, no one will venture to set up industry here. Once industries start coming up in the state, collection of revenue will automatically accelerate and boost West Bengal’s economy. This will facilitate employment generation to millions of unemployed youth of the state. So, rather than avoiding gimmick and populist measures, the government has to be realistic and distance itself from blame-gaming with the Centre.
Debabrata Sengupta, Howrah
Looking at the way those in charge of the saffron party are behaving, particularly after announcing Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as their prime ministerial candidate, it is not surprising that the BJP has expelled one of its senior-most leaders, Jaswant Singh, who handled both, the finance and the external affairs portfolio in the NDA government. If at all the disrespect shown by them to their patriarch LK
Advani was not enough, the expulsion of Jaswant Singh is an unkind act.
Tharcius S Fernando, Chennai