Bengal Govt setting up cluster for fireworks manufacturing industry

With a view to developing the manufacturing of fireworks as a major industry and control illegal manufacturing, the Bengal Government has decided set up fireworks manufacturing clusters across the State.

There are many villages where manufacturing firecrackers is the source of livelihood for many. The new policy would put a proper structure in place.

Manufacturing of fireworks is a recognised small-scale industry in the State, but it needs more organisation. Hence the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise and Textiles Department is coming up with the policy of setting up manufacturing clusters.

The Government has roped in Fireworks Research and Development Centre (FRDC) to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) to set up a cluster of fireworks factories on 50 acres at Baruipur in South 24 Parganas.

Based on the DPR, manufacturing clusters will be set up in the districts of Hooghly, Howrah, Murshidabad and Purba Bardhaman.

The policy would ensure a single-window opportunity for acquiring license and environment certificate by interested manufacturers.

It would ensure that the families involved in the manufacturing of firecrackers get to work in a better, safe and hazard-free environment. The clusters will have facilities for testing of materials to ensure quality control. The processes for manufacturing would be standardised.

There will be separate entry and exit points at each of the units in a cluster and those will have proper working conditions like adequate light, air, safety measures, etc. Moreover, warehouses for storing highly inflammable materials will be properly planned.

Source: Sangbad Pratidin

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Banarasi carpet mega cluster in Uttar Dinajpur district

The Bengal Government has decided to set up a mega cluster for Banarasi carpet weavers at Malgaon village in Kaliaganj block in Uttar Dinajpur district. The State Government’s Directorate of Textiles is setting up the mega cluster.

These hand-woven carpets are being made there since the middle of the 1980s. So much so, that the village has earned the nickname, ‘Carpet Gram’ (meaning ‘carpet village).

Besides weaving woolen carpets, the facility will have arrangements for training of workers, designing of carpets and marketing of the products. As of now, around 300 women weave carpets on the village.


উত্তর দিনাজপুর জেলায় বেনারসী কার্পেটের মেগা ক্লাস্টার

উত্তর দিনাজপুর জেলার কালিয়াগঞ্জ ব্লকে মালগাঁও গ্রামে এবার বেনারসী গালিচা বা কার্পেটের মেগা ক্লাস্টার তৈরী হবে। রাজ্য সরকারের ডিরেক্টরেট অফ টেক্সটাইল এই ক্লাস্টার তৈরী করবে।

এই হাতে বোনা গালিচা এখানে ৮০-র দশকের মাঝামাঝি থেকে তৈরী হয়। এর জন্য এই গ্রাম ‘কার্পেট গ্রাম’ তকমা পেয়েছে।

এখানে শ্রমিকদের প্রশিক্ষণ দেওয়া হবে। কার্পেটের ডিজাইন করা এবং বিপণনও করা হবে এখানে। বর্তমানে ৩০০ জন মহিলা এখানে এই শিল্পের সঙ্গে যুক্ত।


Source: The Asian Age


Haldia Petrochemicals has regained health: Amit Mitra

State Industry and Finance Minister Dr Amit Mitra Friday said health has returned to Haldia Petrochemicals Limited, which was going through a crisis sometimes back.

Speaking at Petrochem 2015, organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce, Dr Mitra said: ” I feel proud to say that today Haldia Petrochemicals Limited is functioning  at 95 percent of its capacity, which is a record. The company is getting orders from states like Delhi, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu and is creating around 3,500 direct and indirect jobs, while number of jobs downstream is close to 3 lakhs.  This means health has returned”.

The minister also said that the state is number one in reforms. “We have been rewarded by the Centre for reforms, which shows we are progressing”.

Dr Mitra urged industries to come forward and invest in the petrochemical sectors. “The per capita manufacturing capacity in the state for processed plastic is just 2.8 kgs while per capita consumption is nine kgs. So there is demand and I urge you to bridge this gap”.

The minister also appealed to industries to come up with a proposal and DPR for a petrochem cluster and assured all kinds of support for making the project a reality.

” You send us a proposal and we will consider it seriously”. trying to establish that land is not an issue in the state,the minister said we have around 4500 acres of land under WBIDC and also creating necessary infrastructures on another 4,400 acres. So getting land for setting up your unit won’t be a problem”.

Rs 26000 crore investment in MSME and Textile sector: WB CM

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that her government had initiated a plan to invest over Rs 26,000 crore for the development of MSME and Textile sector.

She also said that a separate textile policy of state was being formulated by the government.

Replying to a question in the state Assembly, Banerjee said that under the plan MSME projects would be set up in joint ventures or through PPP model creating employment opportunities for six lakh people in the state.

The state government had earlier generated employment of 4.56 lakh people in the MSME sector in the last four years.

With this initiative there would be a massive improvement in the MSME sector and definitely the units like handloom, hosiery, zari and many other units, she said.

Replying to a supplementary, Banerjee said that since 2006 the previous Left-led regime had been able to set up only 49 MSME clusters with an investment of Rs 16,764 crore, but in the last four years her government set up 180 MSME units covering many districts with an investment of Rs 55,740 crore.

Describing development as a continuing process, the chief minister said that the state government has established synergies and offered comprehensive package to the investors in the MSME and textile sector.

With the setting up of new textile policy, the sector would also improve much faster. The state government is committed to promote MSMEs in the state by creating a sustainable financial ecosystem for the sector.

Considering the rapid growth of MSMEs in the state, the MSME & Textiles Department has already launched a Rs 200-crore Venture Capital Fund.

Replying to another supplementary, Ms Banerjee said that many more MSME clusters would come up in the state covering several districts to boost the sector.


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