IT infrastructure in Bangla growing at rapid pace

From May 2011, an amount of more than Rs 600 crore has been invested by the Trinamool Congress Government in the creation of physical infrastructure in the IT and electronics sector. This includes creation of IT parks and hardware parks, facilities for equipment manufacturing clusters (EMC), etc. The Information Technology & Electronics (IT&E) Department is overseeing all of these.

Hardware park and EMCs: Two electronics manufacturing clusters are coming up in Naihati and Falta. Construction is on in full swing. A hardware park in Sonarpur is complete. An IT park in Kalyani has been planned.

Start-up Warehouse: The State Government established a Start-up Warehouse in 2015 in collaboration with NASSCOM for the benefit of new ventures and start-ups in the IT/ITeS sector. Fifty-one companies have been promoted from the centre so far. Nineteen companies have received funding from private investors and nine companies have received their second round of funding.

Capacity building and self-employment: The IT&E Department, through the training wing of Webel, is imparting IT training in the districts and in tier-II/III-level towns in an organised way. Almost 1.5 lakh students were trained and 30,000 students got employment or achieved self-employment from 2011 to 17, compared to about 74,000 students trained and 11,000 students employed/self-employed during the period of 2004-11.

Cyber Security Centre of Excellence: The Cyber Security Centre of Excellence has been inaugurated by the department and is operational from November 2017. The portal for the same was launched in March 2018. The centre is working on five verticals: capacity building and awareness generation, cyber security assurance, Security Operation Centre, cyber forensics and investigation, and research and development (R&D) and Advisory.

Promotion of emerging technologies: The IT&E Department has been holistically promoting the emerging technologies – the technologies that are going to have a significant impact in the near future. The department has already started working on cyber security, blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, animation, IoT (internt of things), Industry 4.0 (a standard), analytics, animation and e-sports. Summits are being held every month on different emerging technologies. Already summits on cyber security, blockchain and artificial intelligence have taken place.

Silicon Valley Asia: The Government is setting up a cutting-edge IT and hardware technology research and manufacturing hub at New Town called Silicon Valley Asia, on the lines of Silicon Valley in California, USA.

Capacity expansion by private companies: Several of the top IT companies in India have opened new campuses and expanded existing ones, or are in the process of doing those. More and more IT companies are showing interest in opening offices and campuses in Bengal.

Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Kalyani: The fi­rst IIIT of Bengal was started in 2014. The first batch of BTech came out in 2018.

Reaching destinations beyond Kolkata and Salt Lake: Twenty-five IT parks in tier-II and tier-III cities in different districts are either operational or at different stages of completion – 12 are fully operational, four are almost completed and nine have received sanction for construction.

Thus we see that the State Government is continuously developing infrastructure for different aspects of the information technology industry. The Government has big plans for making Bengal an IT powerhouse.

Farmers got modern equipment worth Rs 225.8 cr, thanks to Bengal CM

Farmers in Bengal are getting modern equipment thanks to ample help provided by the State Government.

Following Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s special instructions, the government took up the Financial Support Scheme for Farm Mechanisation (FSSFM). Till the financial year 2016-17, under this scheme, financial support worth Rs 225.8 crore has been given to 1.82 lakh farmers to buy modern small or medium-sized tools for farming.

It is not always possible for farmers to make such huge investments to buy the different types of heavy tools that are also necessary for farming. To ensure their availability for farmers, Custom Hiring Centres (CHC) have been set up across the state, from where heavy agricultural tools can be had on rent at a much subsidised rate. From 2014 to 2017, as many as 586 CHCs have been set up.

Besides financial assistance, the department has also helped farmers in gathering knowledge about modern and updated technology for farming. It has ensured an increase in production of crops. Moreover, the farmers have started getting the right price for their yield.

Soon after coming to power, the Chief Minister had directed all concerned departments to take necessary steps to ensure farmers can make a profit. It may be mentioned that average yearly income of farmers in Bengal has gone up to Rs 2.39 lakh during the 2016-17 fiscal, from Rs 91,011 during 2010-11. Moreover, 16.55 lakh hectares of agricultural land have been brought under crop insurance over the past six years; the total area has gone up to 21 lakh hectares currently, from 4.45 lakh hectares during the 2011-12 fiscal.

মুখ্যমন্ত্রীর সহায়তায় বাংলার কৃষকরা পাচ্ছেন আধুনিক যন্ত্রপাতি

রাজ্য সরকারের ঐকান্তিক সহায়তার জন্য রাজ্যের কৃষকেরা পাচ্ছেন কৃষির আধুনিক যন্ত্রপাতি।

মুখ্যমন্ত্রীর নির্দেশে রাজ্য সরকার কৃষকদের সহায়তার জন্য বিশেষ প্রকল্প চালু হয়েছে রাজ্যে, যার পোশাকি নাম ফিনান্সিয়াল সাপোর্ট স্কিম ফর ফার্ম মেকানাইজেশন। ২০১৬-১৭ অর্থবর্ষ পর্যন্ত এই প্রকল্পের অধীনে ১.৮২লক্ষ কৃষককে ২২৫.৮ কোটি টাকার আর্থিক সহায়তা করা হয়েছে কৃষি কাজের জন্য ছোট ও মাঝারি মাপের আধুনিক যন্ত্রপাতি কিনতে।

কৃষিকাজের প্রয়োজনীয় সমস্ত যন্ত্রপাতি কেনা সবসময় সকল চাষির পক্ষে সম্ভব হয়ে ওঠে না। তাই কৃষকরা যাতে সহজে এগুলি পেতে পারেন, সেই উদ্দেশ্যে রাজ্য জুড়ে কাস্টম হায়ারিং সেন্টার খোলা হয়েছে। এই কেন্দ্রগুলি থেকে চাষিরা তাদের প্রয়োজনীয় কৃষি যন্ত্রপাতি ভাড়ায় নিতে পারেন, তাও আবার ভর্তুকি দেওয়া দরে। ২০১৪-১৭ সালের মধ্যে ৫৮৬টি কেন্দ্র তৈরী করা হয়েছে।

আর্থিক সহায়তার পাশাপাশি কৃষি দপ্তর কৃষকদের আধুনিক যন্ত্রপাতি ও সেগুলি ব্যবহার করার প্রশিক্ষণও প্রদান করছে। এর ফলে বেড়েছে ফলন। এছাড়া চাষিরা তাদের উৎপাদনের ন্যায্য মূল্যও পাচ্ছেন।

২০১১ সালে শাসনভার গ্রহনের সঙ্গে সঙ্গেই মুখ্যমন্ত্রী কৃষি সম্বন্ধিত সকল দপ্তরকে নির্দেশ দেন কৃষকদের আয় বাড়াতে প্রয়োজনীয় পদক্ষেপ গ্রহণ করতে। রাজ্যের কৃষকদের গড় আয় ২০১৬-১৭ অর্থবর্ষে বেড়ে হয়েছে ২.৩৯ লক্ষ টাকা, যা ২০১০-১১ সালে ছিল মাত্র ৯১,০১১ টাকা। এছাড়া ১৬.৫৫ লক্ষ হেক্টর কৃষি জমিকে ফসল বীমার আওতায় আনা হয়েছে গত ৬বছরে। এই মুহূর্তে ফসল বীমার আওতায় রাজ্যে কৃষি জমির আয়তন ২১ লক্ষ হেক্টর, যা ২০১১-১২ সাল পর্যন্ত ছিল মাত্র ৪.৪৫ লক্ষ হেক্টর।

Source: Millennium Post