The Bangla Government is planning to add 2,000 megawatt (MW) of power over the next five years and is also planning to incorporate the latest technologies to reduce distribution and transmission losses. These decisions were announced by the State Power Minister at the 9th Energy Conclave organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) recently.
The 2,000MW will be a mix of thermal and hydro, as well as of solar and other alternative sources of power. Part of the 2,000 MW will be 300 MW of solar power.
According to the minister, efforts are also being made to improve the quality of power. Old thermal power plants are gradually being replaced by modern facilities to improve efficiency in power generation.
The State Government has already made a significant improvement in the field of power generation. Renewable energy has been given special thrust since Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee came to power.
The minister said at the conclave that renewable energy has become an important component for achieving energy security. From 1 MW when the Trinamool Congress came to power, solar power capacity of Bangla is now around 200 MW.
While interacting with foreign delegates at the State MSME Conclave on Monday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: “We are going to visit Germany soon.” Banerjee, who stressed upon the steps needed to ensure the global presence of the state’s MSME sector, interacted with the entrepreneurs from the districts and at the same time, also spoke to the foreign delegates present there.
Several exporters were also present at the business conclave held at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre. After listening to the suggestions of the exporters, Amit Mitra, minister of the MSME and Textiles department, summed up that there is a need to establish a proper supply chain with an assurance of timely delivery of standardised quality products.
In this connection, the Chief Minister said: “A supply chain app needs to be introduced.” She has also stressed the need for skill development programmes. There were interactions with representatives from Chile and Italy as well.
From the inaugural programme of the State MSME Conclave in which there will be five sessions on Tuesday, Banerjee launched Biswa Bangla Showroom in Hyderabad. In this connection, Mitra said a showroom will also come up in Bengaluru in the next month. A Khadi showroom has also been launched at Park Street. Banerjee also launched a Centre of Excellence of Handicrafts at Manjusha and Centre of Excellence for Apparel Sector at Paridhan Garments Park.
As a curtain-raiser for the 2018 edition of the Synergy State MSME Conclave, which has become a prime attraction for investors and potential investors, and business owners in the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector, the State MSME & Textiles Department held a roadshow at Bengal National Chamber of Commerce and Industry on August 9.
The department is also conducting district-level meetings and roadshows as a precursor to the conclave.
The MSME Conclave will be held on August 20 and 21. It will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Over 5,000 MSMEs, besides experts from various fields will be attending.
The conclave will focus on lean manufacturing and rural entrepreneurship, and sensitise alternate bank financing routes like initial public offering (IPO).
MSMEs have been doing very well in Bengal, which has been appreciated through awards by the Central Government too. Bengal has the highest number of MSMEs in the country with 52,69,814 units, accounting for 11.62 per cent of the overall number. In 2017, the State recorded the biggest bank credit flow to the MSME sector in the last five years at US$15 billion.