December 7, 2012
Chief Minister inaugurates `Pan IIT Global Conference, 2012`, invites IIT-ians to associate themselves with Bengal
West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the `Pan IIT Global Conference, 2012` at the Science City Auditorium in Kolkata on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion the Chief Minister expressed her pleasure and thanked the IIT Alumni from across the Globe for selecting Kolkata as their venue for the even, ` I am pleased to address this august gathering of the best minds of the world- the IIT-ians. You have chosen Kolkata as the venue for this meet after New York. We feel honoured. Kolkata produced all of the four Nobel Laureates of India `Kabi Guru Rabindranath Tagore, C. V. Raman, Mother Teresa and Prof. Amartya Sen`.
Apprising the gathering of the development that has taken place in the State during the past few months she said, `You would be happy to know that mandays lost in Bengal due to strike has come down drastically from nearly 68 lakhs in 2009-10 and 66 lakhs in 2010-11 to only 60,000 in 2011-12. During the ongoing 2012-13, such loss of mandays is reportedly around 5000. A new IT policy in the state is on the anvil that will take the state forward further in the software and hardware sectors. IT hubs and Hardware Parks are coming up extensively in the state`.
`In agriculture sector, we are number one in the production of rice in India, No. 2 in the production of potatoes and most importantly the second largest producer of fruits and vegetable in the nation. With this in view, our Government is setting up 341 agri-marketing-cum-cold storage centres in each of the 341 Blocks of the State and that too in the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Mode. In the social sector, we are setting up 34 super-specialty hospitals across the State`, added the Chief Minister.
The Chief Minister concluded by asking the gathering to associate themselves with the state, `Since the IIT-ians gathered here represent the thought leaders of the world and corporate top brass, it is, indeed, a great pleasure for me to invite you to come and engage with our State`. `I conclude by urging you to connect with a State that is re-creating the old adage: What Bengal thinks today, India will think tomorrow`, added the Chief Minister.