West Bengal Finance and Industry Minister Dr Amit Mitra inaugurated the West Bengal pavilion at the India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The theme of the pavilion this year is “Female Entrepreneurs”.
Dr Mitra said that land has never been a problem for industrial purpose in Bengal and the state government has 7000 acres of land for setting up industries. He pointed out that sick units in the state, like Dunlop and Jessop factories have been reopened, thanks to the initiative taken by the State Government. More such units will be opened, he assured. He pointed out that those who have already invested in the state are expanding their business; he cited the case of Tata Metaliks, who have applied for additional 300 acres of land.
There are eighty stalls in the West Bengal pavilion this year and 70% of them are being run by women. That the state is not only relying on women power but also development of women power, is evident from the scenario at the pavilion.
Biswa Bangla is being showcased through tourism options, baluchori and tant sarees, nokshi kantha, tulaipanji rice, varieties of sweets, clay dolls and several other handrcrafts. Internationally acclaimed schemes like the Kanyashree are also being showcased. The government is also promoting the upcoming Bengal Global Business Summit at the fair.
On November 24, the West Bengal Day will be celebrated at the Trade Fair with colourful performances by noted artistes.