October 6, 2015
Bengal and Bhutan to be ‘Business Partners’
Agnivo Niyogi | Thimphu
West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee today said that Bengal and Bhutan will become ‘business partners’ after a meeting His Excellency The King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.
She said that in a meeting with the PM earlier she said consented to Bengal being used as a corridor for Bhutan to export potatoes and dolomite.
The issue of flooding in north Bengal was taken up in her meeting with the King; His Majesty assured the Bengal CM that a committee will be set up to investigate whether flooding of north Bengal is because of natural or technical reasons.
The Chief Minister said that a series of discussions happened across various sectors from agro-marketing to tourism and transport. She said the King was extremely happy to have learned that Bengal Govt has started an LTC scheme for employees wherein a trip to Bhutan would be included.
Earlier in the day the transport secretary, in the presence of CM, had said that Bhutan Airlines was keen on strengthening air-ties with Bengal and was interested in making Andal a pit stop for flights to Bangkok.
The secretaries of various departments, business delegates from India and Bhutan attended the India-Bhutan Business Conclave for the second day today.