Jessop reopens, Dunlop to resume operations soon

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Mamata Banerjee government on Saturday got a shot in the arms with Jessop & Company Ltd reopening after nearly three months of suspension of work and its owner the Kolkata-based Ruia Group announcing its plans to reopen its other closed unit-Dunlop India soon—hopefully, before the pujas.

Two senior ministers in the Mamata Banerjee cabinet and a veteran party MP were prompt in branding the occasion as “a significant signal of what the industry-friendly government was up to.” West Bengal finance, commerce & industries minister Amit Mitra, who two days ago, had got embroiled into war of words with Tata Sons’ chairman emeritus Ratan Tata over state's industrial scenario, said on Saturday, “Jessop will soon emerge as a showpiece of West Bengal’s industrial resurgence. Jessop is just the beginning and there will be many more validations of new Bengal government’s active and positive role in reopening closed industrial units under the stewardship of Mamata Banerjee.”

Mitra was present at Jessop’s Dum Dum plant with state labour minister, Moloy Ghatak and senior party MP Prof Saugata Roy. Jessop, at present has nearly 650 employees. The company has sufficient orders (possibly in the tune of over Rs 200 crore) in hand, top company officials said.

Ruia Group chairman, Pawan Kumar Ruia said that the perception about industries in Bengal would change soon. “I certainly feel that the state government is trying to revive other industries just as it did in the case of Jessop. Gradually the situation might improve for Bengal. There are lots of negative perceptions about industries here. New industries won't come up in a day or month, it takes time," Ruia said.

Responding to queries, Ruia said, “I was actually hoping that Dunlop will open before Jessop. There have been three meetings that were very positive. The state government too is very eager to open Dunlop. The ice has melted in those meetings. It might be that before the Durga Pujas, Dunlop will reopen too.”

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