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The economy of West Bengal, currently in the news due to the huge controversy over Tata Motors' small car plant at Singur, depends mainly on agriculture.

However, the Left-ruled state has been trying to break through the shackles of anti-liberalisation and aggressive workers' unions, with Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya at the helm of affairs.

The state has been trying to attract investment in the industries and services sectors, but the going has been slow and painful.

Being economically backward, the state becomes a hotbed for corruption. Yet, the menace is not as debilitating here as in some other -- and richer -- Indian states. TI-India survey says West Bengal is 'Moderately Corrupt.'

West Bengal, despite its problems, is one of the fastest growing states in India due to rapid industrialisation and a booming information technology sector. By the way, the West Bengal is also a power-surplus state.