dr. Amitava Ghosh

Dr Amitava Ghosh, is an Engagement Manager- Consulting with a US based MNC, primarily responsible for driving Organizational Change Management initiatives for large scale digital transformations. He was born and raised in India. He holds a doctorate in management (FPM) from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta with a dissertation on advanced heuristics in portfolio management.
India is entering the 75th year of independence in 2021 and there should be a change in Bengal. Attempts need to be made to put an end to the atmosphere of violence so that people of West Bengal can live in peace, and the state can move towards the path of development. To start with- focus should be on getting rid of corruption, political violence, extortion, communal appeasement and Bangladeshi infiltration.

There is no investment in Bengal- repairing education, fixing health services, luring private investment back to the state will all take time. Most of the Indian states have worked on reducing their deficits. Bengal did the least. The 13th Finance commission names West Bengal as a state requiring a ‘special adjustment path’.

There are no jobs. Here’s a shocking statistic. Bengal has the highest proportion of skilled unemployed in the country, as registered at the employment exchanges.

Most of the MSMEs in Bengal are from rural and semi-urban regions, and all of them face an expansion problem as they do not get a trade license easily. The new government should help small MSMEs in getting trade licenses through an online system.

The state has surplus in power, which is at lower rates when compared to other parts of the country. However, it is about the creation of a change in perception. Bengal is perceived by global industries as a destination full of labour troubles and a government which is anti-industry. A constructive policy push, infrastructure and better marketing for exclusive local products and services, Bengal needs an image correction.

A primary limitation is that Bengal doesn’t have a large port. The Haldia and Kolkata Port are riverine ports with limitations- a deep seaport is essential. The metro-railway project which has hit a deadlock due to the current government’s policies – needs to be fast-tracked.

Bengal needs a political change – a real change through development of infrastructure, job creation, welfare of farmers and equal treatment to all without any appeasement. An enabling framework needs to be created, an environment for infrastructure growth and manufacturing to come in and around Kolkata.
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