September 16, 2013
We dream so that we can build a golden Bengal – Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee inaugurates Synergy MSME 2013 at Milan Mela.
Excerpts from the Chief Minister`s speech:
“I am really obliged that today in presence of all of you, in this august gathering the focus of the content is service delivery and bringing all stake holders under one umbrella.
You will appreciate that the West Bengal Government against all odds have generated 2 lakh employment opportunities in the MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise) sector. In future we are expecting to generate 1 crore employment in the sector and hence the MoU has been signed between the MSME department and other departments.
Our Govt. has already announced the industrial policy, textile policy and MSME policy. We are planning to launch the Procurement Policy to increase ancillarisation and vendor linkage, this will benefit the entrepreneurs. By this we hope to increase the procurement of goods by the government departments to 15 – 20 percent.
In today`s world economic crisis, I feel the small and medium industries have the stability and potentiality. There are some countries those have not been affected in the economic disaster because of their stable small and medium enterprise policy.
This 6 days conclave will provide clarifications for all queries so that the subject is not delayed. All my departments will extend cooperation and provide single window clearance to the industrialist. This is the beauty and duty of the conclave.
If you compare the previous year`s numbers to that of now, you will be happy to know the government`s progress. In 2009 -2011, before our government came into power there were only 7008 small and medium enterprises in the state whereas now it is 22,000.
I`m thankful and grateful to UNESCO for setting up 10 rural craft hubs in the State. In future more such initiatives will be implemented and training will be provided to 1 lakh unemployed youth to set up enterprises.
Land is not at all a hindrance for the small and medium industry; we have set up the land bank, land map, employment bank, power bank. There is no crisis of any resource availability here in West Bengal. The state has a perfect situation where you can invest your money.
You are the captains of the industries, you have your social networks and corporate responsibilities, I want industry in the small districts for the poorest of the poor.
At this occasion we are very happy to announce the launch of `Biswa Bangla Brand`, the logo of which I have designed myself. `Shilpa korun Bangla gorun` is the slogan. Exclusive products under this brand will be marketed in India and abroad.
While big industries are essential, MSME is the way forward. So, invest in backward areas of the state especially Cooch Behar and (East and West) Midnapore districts and we will provide you incentives and subsidies. Incentives are being provided to 34 small and medium industries by waivering the long standing electrical dues.
There is a website that will handle queries and complaints related to investments and opportunities in MSME sector.
We hope to see Bengal in an international platform and hence we are providing you with the scope to participate in building Bengal.
We dream so that you can dream. We dream so that you can a progress. We dream so that we can build a golden Bengal.“
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