Today Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressed an audience of MSME investors at Nabanna Sabhaghar.
Highlights of her speech:
Several industrial clusters and industrial parks dedicated to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) were inaugurated today. The total acreage is 1,633 acres. Rs 13,000 crore has been allocated for developing them. Two lakh people would get employment.
A few weeks back I had inaugurated an expanded leather complex at Bantala; it is now the world’s second largest leather complex.
I have renamed the leather complex as Karmadiganta, where leather goods manufacturers from Kanpur, who had to endure huge losses due to closure of their business units, are setting up base.
Once upon a time Howrah was famous as an industrial hub; similarly Bardhaman was famous for sweets and Chandannagar for its lighting technicians. We are bringing those glory days back.
It is unfortunate that the media is intent on highlighting only the negative aspects of Bangla; there are so many positives to talk about. It is a matter of great pride that many who had once left our State are now coming back to work here.
We have a deep responsibility towards the citizens of this State. We want big industries to be set up here. A lot of companies are closing down across the country. There is no use giving just big talk and creating a mirage of stability through controlling the media. Economic independence is what really matters.
In such a state of affairs as it exists now, it is important to concentrate on jobs and agriculture.
Women, youth, students are our strengths, they show us the way.
For creating employment for the rural people, it is crucial to set up a strong MSME base.
Traditional industrial bases like Howrah, Haldia and others need to be developed more through the setting up of manufacturing units and more people need to come forward for this.
For ease of doing business, the Bangla Government has set up a single-window scheme for approval of proposals for setting industries. We will appoint a nodal officer to make the system more smooth, for which a committee has been set up.
We have streamlines the work culture of the State. Earlier 70 to 80 person-days used to be wasted every year, now that has stopped.
The Centre is trying to privatise 45 PSUs across the country, putting in danger the jobs of 8 lakh people.
The percentage of employment is at a 45-year high now.
We want people to work and be happy.
Bangla is a safe place for industry; that why companies like Wipro and Microsoft are setting up bases here.
A total of 26 helipads and greenfield airports are being constructed.
In MSME, skill training, GDP growth and girls’ empowerment (Kanyashree) Bangla is number one.
About 60 lakh girls are getting benefits through the Kanyashree Scheme, from school right till the postgraduate stage.
About 9 lakh people are benefitting from the Khadya Sathi Scheme and 7.5 crore through Swasthya Sathi.
Bangla has received the Krishi Karman Award six times.
Here medicine at government hospitals is available at very cheap prices, affordable for everybody, at discounts of up to 70 per cent.
Compete on work, not on divisiveness, fighting or jealousy: Mamata Banerjee
Everybody stay happy.