Remarkable progress in MSME sector in seven years

The Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises and Textiles (MSME) Department has made remarkable progress in the last seven years.

In every aspect, the department has shown remarkable progress, also when compared to the period of the tenure of Left Front Government.

  • Average bank credit flow per year: More than 3 times increase, from Rs 7,302 crore from 2004-11 to Rs 24,272 crore from 2011-18
  • Increase in MSME clusters: Almost 9 times increase, from 49 in 2011 to 430 in 2017
  • Increase in market outlets/haats: Unprecedented growth, from zero in 2011 to 27 in 2017
  • Average additional person-days created per year in handloom sector: 16 times increase, from 4.75 lakh from 2004-11 to 76 lakh from 2011-18
  • Average MSMEs registered per year: More than 2 times increase, from 12,192 from 2004-11 to 28,008 from 2011-18
  • MSMEs have been doing very well in Bangla which has been appreciated through awards by the Central Government too.Bengal has the highest number of MSMEs in the country currently, with 52,69,814 units or 11.62 per cent of the overall number in the country. The total amount of loans extended to medium enterprises during the 2016-17 fiscal was Rs 5,851 crore.

Handloom and handicrafts sectors flourish in Bangla

The handloom and handicrafts sectors of Bangla have seen a massive revival, under the guidance of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in the last seven years.

From the issuance of identity cards, to the distribution of better equipment or the training of artisans – the State Government has extended all help to the people engages with this industry.

Thanks to the various fairs and exhibitions, and the Biswa Bangla Brand, handicrafts and handloom products of Bangla have now gone global.

Handloom industry flourishes

  • 5,31,075 Weavers’ Identity Cards (WIC) distributed in 2017, against nil as in 2011
  • 66,500 credit cards issued to weavers
  • 95,000 weavers imparted skill development training
  • 75,889 looms provided to loom-less weavers
  • 44 lakh cheaper variety cotton sarees produced
  • 16 times increase in creation of additional person-days – 533 lakh between financial years (FY) 2011-12 to 2017-18 as compared to 33.18 lakh till 2010-11
  •  1 lakh weavers being provided marketing support through Tanter Haats
  • 24.15 km link road constructed for better road network for handloom clusters Mega Carpet Clusters launched covering 3,500 weavers
  • Project Baluchari being implemented, involving 2,500 weavers
    Tantuja turned to a profit-making organisation from 2014-15, after making loss for decades – Rs 204.9 crore business turnover achieved by Tantuja in FY 2017-18


Revival of Bangla handicrafts

  • 5,31,772 Artisan Identity Cards issued between FYs 2011-12 and 2017-18 as compared to 37,213 between FYs 2006-07 and 2017-18
    12,000 credit cards issued to artisans
  • 10 Rural Craft Hubs established (in collaboration with UNESCO), benefitting 25,000 artisans. The project has attracted about 80,000 tourists in the last 3 years.
  • 27 marketing outlets set up for artisans in the last 3 years
  • Rs 924 crore business generated from fairs and exhibitions
  • Manjusha started making profit from FY 2015-16 after making loss for three decades; over Rs 91 crore turnover achieved in FY 2017-18
  • 8 Biswa Bangla showrooms functioning in and outside Bengal, from which more than Rs 50 crore in sales generated till 2017

Tantuja partners weavers’ society to revive Baluchari

Trailing the lost glory, some enthusiastic Kolkatans took the project to revive Baluchari – the pure mulberry silk yarn without the use of zari. Baluchari ‘Buti’ saaris are acclaimed for the soft lustrous texture, glowing colours and distinctive motifs.

The Government of West Bengal has joined hand with the endeavour. Tantuja, under West Bengal State Handloom Weavers Cooperative Society has joined hand with a city based textile company to undertake slew of activities to restore the Baluchari’s magnificent history.

The Government of West Bengal got Geographical Indication (GI) of Baluchari sari in 2012. The geographical indication registration number 173 and the registered proprietor is director of handloom, West Bengal. There will be a showcasing of sari and inception of the programme, ‘Baluchari: Bengal and Beyond’ will start on November 18 and continue till December 4. A seminar will also take place on Baluchari in November 19.


বালুচরি শাড়ির পুনরুজ্জীবনে নতুন উদ্যোগ তন্তুজর

বাংলার হৃতপ্রায় ঐতিহ্য বালুচরি শাড়ির পুনরুজ্জীবনের লক্ষে এগিয়ে এসছেন কিছু কলকাতাবাসী। এই প্রচেষ্টাকে এগিয়ে নিয়ে যেতে উদ্যোগী হয়েছে রাজ্য সরকার।রাজ্য সরকারি সংস্থা তন্তুজ হাত মিলিয়েছে এই শহরের বেসরকারি এক বস্ত্র প্রস্তুতকারী সংস্থার সঙ্গে।

আগামী নভেম্বর মাসের ১৮ তারিখে “বালুচরী – বেঙ্গল এন্ড বিয়ন্ড” শীর্ষক একটি প্রদর্শনীর আয়োজন করা হয়েছে। এই প্রদর্শনীটি চলবে ডিসেম্বর মাসের ৪ তারিখ পর্যন্ত। আশা করা যায় এই উদ্যোগে বালুচরি শাড়ি পুনরুজ্জীবিত হবে।

উল্লেখ্য, ২০১২ সালে রাজ্য সরকারের উদ্যোগে জিআই ট্যাগ পায় এই শাড়ি।

‘Banglar Taanter Haat’ to be inaugurated on 11 Sep

Just before the Durga Puja, the state government is all set to organise another edition of ‘Banglar Tanter Haat’ – a fair, where the weavers of Bengal will showcase their amazing creations.

The organiser is the state micro, small and medium enterprise and textiles department. The minister of micro, small and medium enterprise, will inaugurate the fair on Sunday.

The fair has been the centre of attraction for women, as various varieties of Saaris and Salwar and other traditional apparels are showcased here. Milan Mela – the state government’s designated fair zone just off to Eastern Metropolitan Bypass – is the venue of Banglar Tanter Haat.

The weavers across the state will participate in the Haat and will sell their product. The urban population is in love with their production. A huge turnout in the fair is expected this year as it is being held just before the festive season.

But not only the woman but the men would also be happy with variety of the clothes in the haat. Various men apparels including Dhuti, Punjabi and wide variety of Fotua will be displayed.


পুজোর আগে শুরু হচ্ছে ‘বাংলার তাঁতের হাট’

পুজোর আগে সুখবর। রাজ্য সরকারের উদ্যোগে এ বছর দুর্গা পুজোর আগেই আবারও আয়োজন করা হচ্ছে “বাংলার তাঁতের হাট” মেলার।

বাংলার তাঁত শিল্পীরা যাতে নিজেদের শিল্পশৈলী দেখানোর সুযোগ পায়, তাই এই মেলার উদ্যোগ ক্ষুদ্র ও কুটিরশিল্প দফতর ও বস্ত্রশিল্প দফতর। রবিবার ক্ষুদ্র ও কুটিরশিল্প মন্ত্রী এই মেলার উদ্বোধন করবেন।

মেলাতে থাকবে বিভিন্ন ধরণের শাড়ি, সালোয়ার ও ঐতিহ্যবাহী বস্ত্রসমূহ। ই এম বাইপাসের ধারে অবস্থিত মিলন মেলা প্রাঙ্গনে এই মেলাটি অনুষ্ঠিত হবে।

সারা রাজ্যের সমস্ত তাঁত শিল্পী এই মেলায় অংশ নেবেন ও নিজেদের জিনিসপত্র বিক্রি করতে পারবেন। বিগত কয়েক বছরে দেখা গেছে শহরের মানুষ ওনাদের কাজকে খুব পছন্দ করছেন, তাই, আশা করা যায় পুজোর আগেই এই মেলাকে কেন্দ্র করে ভালো সাড়া পাওয়া যাবে।

শুধু মহিলা নন, পুরুষদের জন্যও মেলাতে থাকবে নানা সমাহার। যেমন ধুতি, পাঞ্জাবি ও প্রচুর ধরণের ফতুয়া মেলায় পাওয়া যাবে।

Thanks to Mamata Banerjee’s policies, Manjusha earns profit for the first time in 37 years

For the first time since its inception, Manjusha, the State’s handicrafts development corporation, has made an operational profit, amounting to Rs 3.87 crore, during the fiscal year 2015-16. The corporation also witnessed its highest-ever business turnover during this fiscal, amounting to Rs 46.75 crore.

After the change of guard in the State, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had taken up a series of programmes to give a facelift to micro, small and medium scale enterprises (MSME) in the State. Special emphasis was laid on Manjusha and Tantuja (the State’s handloom weavers’ co-operative). Steps were taken to ensure better management of the quality of products, creation of a wider product base, better management of the organisations and setting up of e-commerce facilities.

Manjusha was established in 1978. Over the past 37 years, this is the first time that the corporation has witnessed a profit, and it does not include any subsidy by the Government.

Tantuja has been churning out profits for the last three consecutive years. During 2015-16, it made a profit of Rs 3.3 crore, when the total business turnover stood at Rs 123 crore.

The introduction of the Biswa Bangla brand has set a mark and has helped immensely in the marketing of handicrafts and handloom products. It has resulted in a sharp increase in the demand for products made by artisans from different parts of the State.


৩৭ বছর পর লাভের মুখ দেখল মঞ্জুষা

এই প্রথমবার ৩৭ বছর বাদে ২০১৫-১৬ আর্থিক বছরে মঞ্জুষা ৩ কোটি ৮৭ লক্ষ টাকা লাভ করে। এই বছরেই মঞ্জুষার মোট বিক্রির পরিমান ছিল ৪৬ কোটি ৭৫ লক্ষ টাকা।

২০১১ সালে মুখ্যমন্ত্রী প্রথমবার ক্ষমতায় এসেই তাঁত শিল্পের অগ্রগতির বিষয়ে উদ্যোগী হন। গত পাঁচ বছরে মঞ্জুষা ও তন্তুজ আর্থিকভাবে বিশাল লাভবান হয়। জিনিসের গুনুগতমান ভাল করা, সংগঠনের ভাল ব্যবস্থাপনা এবং ই-কমার্স সুবিধা নিশ্চিত করার জন্যও ব্যবস্থা নেয়া হয়েছে।

মঞ্জুষা স্থাপিত হয় ১৯৭৮ সালে। গত ৩৭ বছরে সরকারি ভর্তুকির ওপর নির্ভর করেই ছিল সংস্থাটি। ২০১৫-১৬ আর্থিক বছরে মঞ্জুষার লাভের পরিমাণ ৩ কোটি ৮৭ লক্ষ টাকা।

২০১৫-১৬ আর্থিক বছরে তন্তুজের লাভের পরিমান ছিল ২ কোটি ৫০ লক্ষ টাকা। মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায় ক্ষমতায় আসার পর আর্থিক বছরে তন্তুজের লাভের পরিমান ছিল ২৫ লক্ষ টাকা সেখান থেকে ৩কোটি ৩০ লক্ষ টাকা লাভের মুখ দেখতে সক্ষম হয়েছে তন্তুজ।

পশ্চিমবঙ্গ সরকারের বিশ্ব বাংলা ব্র্যান্ড হস্তশিল্প ও তাঁত পণ্য বিপণনে অত্যন্ত সাহায্য করেছে। এর ফলে রাজ্যের বিভিন্ন অংশে এইসব পণ্যের চাহিদা বৃদ্ধি পেয়েছে।


Bengal artefacts huge draw at London Design Festival

Exquisite artefacts from West Bengal with long histories such as ‘jamdani’, ‘muslin’, ‘kantha’ and ‘balaposh’ were a major draw in the London Design Festival.

The artefacts included the ‘Indo-Portuguese shawl’, which draws on a long history of colonialism in Bengal and a confluence of cultures. The seven artefacts displayed under the ‘Biswa Bangla’ initiative showcased the best of the state’s handloom and handicrafts sector.

“We got an excellent response. We tested the waters here, and received many inquiries for regular supplies. Biswa Bangla is now in the process of opening a store in Piccadilly to scale up our efforts,”, Rajiva Sinha, principal secretary of the state’s department of textiles said.

Described as an initiative that eliminates ‘middlemen’ and distributes all profits among traditional craftspersons associated with it, Biswa Bangla achieved a revenue of Rs 15 crore in its first year and is on target to achieve a revenue of Rs 25 crore with a larger pool of craftspersons.

Besides stores in West Bengal and New Delhi, it will be the first time that any state government will have such stores outside India, officials attending the London Design Festival said. Besides London, there are plans to open a store in China.

7,000 traditional craftspersons are associated with Biswa Bangla, producing 5,400 products, many of whom have long histories and were part of international trade during the colonial era. Some products are due to be displayed at the Victoria & Albert Museum next year.

The products on display included ‘patachitra’, or scrolls on which mythological or epic stories are painted in a sequence, and masks from south Dinajpur and Bankura, made from bamboo, wood and clay.

Policies of Mamata Banerjee Govt help revive Bengal handloom sector

West Bengal Government has focused upon the rejuvenation and development of its world-famed Tant products, which are still now woven in handlooms.

Recently, West Bengal MoS for MSME Swapan Debnath inaugurated the Banglar Tanter Haat at Milan Mela Prangan in Kolkata. The Haat will continue till October 12.

Tantuja, the largest of the State Government organizations marketing Bengal’s handloom products, has taken initiative to have tie-ups with online shops like Snapdeal and Amazon. It is also with talks with the Google authorities for upgrading its website.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier provided some design for Tant sarees and had stressed on usage of natural and organic colours for the products.

The West Bengal Government is giving all out support to the Self Help Groups, 50% of which comprise women by offering incentives, weaver’s credit cards and other facilities given to the unorganized sector.

Recently, the Government has started the “Tant Saathi” scheme. In the first phase, around one lakh weavers will be distributed with looms so that they would not have to depend on loans.

Bengal handloom now on doorsteps

Now at a click of a mouse or a gentle tap on your smart phone you can choose a Jamdani, Tangail, handloom or silk printed saree from Tantuja.

Customers can go online shopping at Flipkart without jostling through the Puja crowd. With an increase in online shopping, the West Bengal State Handloom Weavers Co-operative Society Limited also decided to go online with its handloom sarees.

Its premiun brand Tantuja’s Jamdani, printed silk, handloom sarees, self designed sarees of various ranges are available on online stores like Flipkart.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has always encouraged the growth of MSME. To showcase West Bengal’s handloom in other states and in London she has opened Biswa Bangla brand stores.

She has also instructed MSME minister Swapan Debnath to revive Muslin, an almost decaying fine handloom.

“The customers can avoid Puja rush and make their choice of sarees online. They will receive the delivery at their doorstep,” the minister said.

He said, “We are in the business for the past three and a half months and have made a business of Rs.10.5 lakh. Through stores like Flipkart it has become easier for NRIs and Bengali families living in other states to get Bengal handlooms at their doorstep”.

TMC MPs raise the issue of sick jute and handloom industry

AITC MPs Vivek Gupta and Sukhendu Sekhar Roy took up the rising concern of dwindling sectors of handloom and jute industries in Parliament today.

Vivek Gupta mentioned 40 lakh jute growers are affected and 4 lakh jute workers are affected specially in Bengal that what steps have been taken by the Minister for the prevent the dilution of the jute packing order and also for the revival of the Khardah and the Kinsan units, which had earlier received the cabinet approval of the Board of Industrial and Financial Reconstruction Scheme, but now suddenly on 20 November has been removed from the scheme now 5 jute mills in Bengal are declared sick and facing immediate closure.

Further pointing put why there has been there has been no increase in the number of people being provided health insurance, the Ministry was urged that what is the reason for this disparity.

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Sukhendu Sekhar Roy raised the concern of why 24 districts were covered in 2011-12, but in 2013-14, only 10 areas have been covered, so why have 14 districts have been excluded?

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