Deshpande rebuts Jagadish Shettar’s charge of fudging figures

Business News, State (Bengaluru), September 8:-Minister for Medium and Heavy Industries R V Deshpande on Thursday rebutted opposition leader in the Assembly Jagadish Shettar’s charge that he had fudged figures to present a rosy picture of employment and industries in the state.

“When I say something, I say it with some information coming from reliable and transparent source. I request media to inform the honourable leader of opposition to go through the government of India’s MSME Udyog Aadhar website and check for himself,” he told reporters here.

“If Shettar accepts those figures, it is okay. If he doesn’t, I will once again come back to you for clarification,” the industries minister said.

Deshpande also said, “The leader of opposition’s job is only to accuse. If he doesn’t, he will be accused of being friendly with me.”

Shettar had on Thursday alleged Deshpande was fudging figures to present a rosy picture of employment and industries in Karnataka.

He had alleged that in last four years of the Congress rule, the government had claimed to have received Rs 3.34 lakh crore as industrial investments, whereas as per the departments record, it was only Rs 2.41 lakh crore.

To a query, Deshpande said the government would not be conducting the Global Investors Meet (GIM) this year. Instead it would hold Vendor Development and Investor Summit 2017 to provide opportunities to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to showcase their capabilities to various original equipment manufacturers.

“GIM cannot be a regular feature every year. It requires two years to sweat it out. So, we are holding vendor development and investor summit. This is a national event,” he added.

The summit would be held on November 23 and 24.

Deshpande also unveiled the micro website and logo of the summit.

The summit would showcase strengths of MSME sector to OEMs of the country and abroad and provide them an opportunity to have business level meetings during the event, he said.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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