Chinese delegation eyes investment in 7 sectors in Bengal

A 21-member Chinese trade delegation on Monday expressed their interest to invest in seven different industrial sectors in the state. The delegation – consisting of chief executive officers, vice-presidents and managing directors of 13 different companies met the local business fraternities on a ‘Business to Business’ gathering to discuss trade and investments in Bengal.

On Monday, Bengal Commerce and Industries Minister Dr Amit Mitra met the Chinese delegates. “They are interested to invest in the sectors of coal machinery and equipments, metallurgy, mining, electrical, chemical productions, pharmaceutical and medical equipments, biological equipments, hydropower and real estate materials,” Dr Mitra said.

The Chinese delegation is interested in manufacturing, infrastructure, real estate and heavy machinery. The scenario of Bengal is business friendly and conducive for investment, the delegation thinks..

The Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao had met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in November 2015, and assured her to send a business delegation to the state.

“Chinese Vice-President had met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and at the time had assured her to send a business delegation. With a focus on investment, the 13 companies from China have come to explore business opportunities in Bengal, whose aggregated turnover is USD 10 billion,” said Dr Mitra, adding that a delegation comprising top bosses of ‘Fortune 500’ companies is set to visit the state in November this year.

Additionally, the Chinese delegation will have discussions with Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) and also visit a manufacturing zone at Burdwan’s Panagarh to get exact knowledge of investment opportunities in the state.

“The Chinese delegation will visit the Matix factory at Panagarh. It will give them genuine knowledge of industrialisation in the state. As the first phase of its Panagarh urea plant is ready for commissioning, Matix Fertilizers plans to invest Rs 6,500 Cr in the second phase of the project,” the State Commerce and Industries minister said.

Dr Mitra said the Chinese companies have also shown their interest in the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector, which will be given support on behalf of the state government as per the industrial policy. The state has 6,000 acre of land in 23 industrial estates. “The huge trade deficit shows us that we should do more business with China,” Mitra added.

“We have invited the Chinese delegation to attend the Bengal Global Business Summit and I hope they will take a firm decision on investments in the state. Chinese do not take much time. Many countries take time to research, Chinese are not like those. They are always quick to grab the opportunities,” Dr Mitra said.


বাংলায় বিনিয়োগে আগ্রহী চিনের প্রতিনিধি দল

গতকাল চিন থেকে ২২ জনের একটি শিল্প প্রতিনিধি দল অমিত মিত্রের সঙ্গে বৈঠক করতে আসেন। বাংলায় শিল্পে বিনিয়োগের আদর্শ পরিবেশ তৈরী হয়েছে মমতা বন্দোপাধ্যায়ের আমলেই, জানালেন শিল্প বিনিয়োগের সম্ভাবনা খতিয়ে দেখতে আসা চীন প্রতিনিধি দলের নেতৃত্বে থাকা প্রতিনিধিরা।
চিন থেকে আসা প্রতিনিধিরা  জানান যে পশ্চিমবঙ্গ ক্রমশ উন্নতি করেছে। আগের অবস্থার পরিবর্তন ঘটিয়ে রাজ্য বিনিয়োগের উপযুক্ত হয়ে উঠেছে।  রাজ্যের বিভিন্ন শিল্প সম্ভাবনা খতিয়ে দেখতে এসেছেন তারা।  রাজ্যের শিল্পমন্ত্রী  ডঃ অমিত মিত্র এই সভার প্রতিনিধিত্ব করেন। উপস্থিত ছিলেন অর্থ দফতরের বিভিন্ন আধিকারিকরা। চিন থেকে আসা প্রতিনিধি দলের পশ্চিমবঙ্গ সফর নিয়ে উত্সাহী রাজ্যের শিল্পপতি মহল।
ধাতু বিদ্যা, খনিজ সরঞ্জাম এবং উত্পাদন বিষয়ক বিভিন্ন খাতে বিনিয়োগের ইচ্ছা প্রকাশ করেছেন দলটি।বাংলায় শিল্প বিনিয়োগের রূপরেখা তৈরী করতে তুমুল উত্সাহী  চিন। এই প্রতিনিধি দলকে উপযুক্ত জমি দেখতে পানাগড় নিয়ে যাওয়া হয়।দুদিন ব্যাপী এই সফরে তাদের চাহিদা অনুযায়ী ল্যান্ড ব্যাংকে থাকা বাকি জমিও দেখানো হবে। ১৩টি শিল্প সংস্থার ১৯ জন প্রতিনিধি এখানে আসেন। এই ১৩টি সংস্থার বার্ষিক আয় ১০০০ কোটি ডলারের বেশি। ফরচুন ৫০০ নথিভুক্ত কয়েকটি চীনা সংস্থাকে নিয়ে আগামী অক্টোবর মাসে এই প্রতিনিধিদল আবার আসবেন। সাংজি এনার্জি গ্রুপের পক্ষ থেকে জলবিদ্যুৎতে বিনিয়োগের আগ্রহ প্রকাশ করা হয়েছে।
সিচুয়ান চানকে ইন্ডাস্ট্রিয়াল কোম্পানি লিমিটেডের পক্ষ থেকে রাজ্যের সঙ্গে মৌ সাক্ষরে আগ্রহ প্রকাশ করা হয়েছে। ক্রাউন ইনভেস্টমেন্ট কোম্পানি লিমিটেডের পক্ষ থেকে রিয়েল এস্টেটে স্থানীয় শিল্পপতিদের সঙ্গে চুক্তিতে আগ্রহ প্রকাশ করা হয়েছে।


Volvo expresses intention to set up unit in Bengal

A day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee invited investors to set up automobile unit in the state, Swedish automobile giant Volvo has expressed intention to establish a unit.

“I spoke with Volvo (representatives) today. We will give them 25 acres in Panagarh industrial park,” the CM told reporters. “They will have a setup there. We have given them land,” she said, adding details will be shared later.

Bengal has a land bank and policy ready for investors, she reiterated. The Swedish multinational approached the government for land to set up a base in the state.

The Chief Minister recently visited Germany and Italy seeking investment from global giants like BMW.


বাংলায় কারখানা গড়বে ভলভো

সিঙ্গুর দিবসের মঞ্চ থেকে মুখ্যমন্ত্রী বুধবার বিনিয়োগকারীদের গাড়ি শিল্পে বাংলায় লগ্নি করার আহ্বান জানান। তার একদিন পরেই সুইডেনের গাড়ি নির্মাতা ভলভো রাজ্যে একটি কারখানা গড়ার আগ্রহ প্রকাশ করেছে।

“আজ আমার ভলভোর সাথে কথা হয়েছে। আমরা রাজ্যের তরফে তাদের পানাগড়ে ২৫ একর জমি দেব,” জানান মুখ্যমন্ত্রী।

বাংলার নিজস্ব ল্যান্ড ব্যাঙ্ক ও ল্যান্ড ম্যাপ রয়েছে, বলেন মুখ্যমন্ত্রী। সেপ্টেম্বর মাসেই লগ্নির খোঁজে মুখ্যমন্ত্রী জার্মানি সফরে গেছিলেন।

mati utsab

WB CM inaugurates ‘Mati Tirtha’ in Bardhaman

Mati Utsav, an initiative of West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee, set to take off from today, January 19 and will continue till January 25. The Chief Minister inaugurated it.

Every year, this festival was being held at the Lalbaba Ashram ground in Panagarh in Bardhaman district. This year a permanent venue called Mati Tirtha, near Kalna Road, has been readied. Already, this new festival ground has become a place of attraction for local residents who are coming in large numbers.

The State Agriculture Marketing Department readied the newly-constructed permanent venue. The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone of ‘Lyangcha Tirtha,’ a manufacturing and marketing hub for the famous local sweets of Bardhaman district – lyangcha, mihidana and sitabhog.


The salient points of the speech she gave at the inauguration of Mati Utsav are as follows:

  • I welcome everyone on this joyous occasion. I am happy to see my folk artists perform here.
  • Mati Tirtha symbolises the rural culture. Farmers can now get guidance from here.
  • There is also a small hut here where I will come and stay when I want to stay close to my beloved Mati.
  • This soil is our dharma bhoomi, karma bhoomi, pitri bhoomi, matri bhoomi.
  • We started Mati Utsav is 2012. The United Nations declared 2015 as the International Year of the Soil. Bengal shows the way for the world.
  • It is our land that has made us who we are today. We must celebrate this rich heritage of our land.
  • I love greenery. I love environment. I love nature. We must promote agriculture and animal husbandry.
  • 341 Krishi Ratnas have been given out today, as part of Krishi Samman. We observe Krishi Diwas on Nandigram Diwas.
  • We have allocated Rs 450 crore for a new agricultural project.
  • Mati Tirtha has been developed keeping in mind farmers, artists and the local people.
  • In Bardhaman, superspeciality hospitals are coming up in Asansol and Kalna.
  • A medical hub is coming up in Asansol.
  • An industrial park is coming up in Panagarh.
  • A Greenfield airport has already come up in Andal. It will give a major boost to the development of the area.
  • We have allocated Rs 400 crore for electrification of rural Bengal.
  • We have allocated Rs 262 crore for further improving the power infrastructure.
  • We have inaugurated nine Karma Tirthas (marketing hubs) in Bardhaman district at a cost of Rs 243 crore.
  • Seven more Karma Tirthas have been inaugurated today.
  • 12 mini-stadiums will come up in Bardhaman district.
  • A hub for the manufacturing and marketing of lyangcha, sitabhog and mihidana, called Lyangcha Tirtha, is also coming up here. These delicacies will be marketed under the Biswa Bangla brand.
  • We have taken initiatives for boosting the muslin industry. 50 Muslin artisans are being specially trained by the State Government.
  • We have provided government service to almost 8.5 crore people out of the eligible 9 crore in the State.
  • 7.7 crore people would be provided foodgrains at a subsidised rate – rice at Rs 2 per kg per person and flour (atta) at the same rate – under the Khadya Sathi programme. Of these 7.59 crore are already getting these.
  • 31 lakh girls have been registered under the Kanyashree Scheme.
  • 40 lakh students are being given bicycles under the Sabuj Sathi Scheme – 25 lakh students of classes X to XII would be provided by February, and 15 lakh students of class IX would be provided from May to September.
  • 16 lakh students have received scholarships under the Sikshashree scheme.
  • 1.25 crore minority students have been given scholarships in the last 4 years, while during the 34-year CPI(M) rule, only 8 lakh were distributed.
  • 1 lakh have benifitted under the Yuvashree Scheme.
  • 50,000 folk artists have been registered under Lok Prasar Scheme.
  • Karma Tirthas, Kisan Mandis, industrial training institutes (ITIs) – we have done so much for West Bengal.
  • Our government has given 30% subsidy to self-help groups (SHGs). We have reduced the interest on loans for SHGs by 2%, and started insurance schemes for accidental deaths for SHG members.
  • 42 lakh caste certificates have been given out in one month. It was very difficult to obtain the same under the previous government.
  • The Agriculture Department will be in constant contact with the farmers, advising them and assisting them to better their farming practices.
  • The Left Front government incurred huge debts and we are still paying back the Centre, a huge Rs 1 lakh crore per year.
  • What was not done in 34 years has been done in four years by us despite of this financial crunch.
  • A krishi viswavidyalaya (agricultural university) is coming up in Sadhanpur (in Bardhaman district).
  • A polytechnic college has been set up in Memari.
  • 200 schools in this district have been upgraded from secondary to higher secondary.
  • 100% of the eligible recipients for Kisan credit cards (KCCs), digital ration cards and mid-day meals (MDMs) have been covered.
  • Out of a target of 45 lakh metric tonnes of food grain procurement from farmers, we have already bought 14 lakh metric tonnes.
  • Seven new fair price medicine shops, five new fair price diagnostic centres, 24 new SNCUs have come up in Bardhaman.
  • 2.75 lakh acres of land have been brought under irrigation in the district. An area of 62,000 more acres will be brought under irrigation soon.
  • 480 muslin artists have been brought under ‘Project Muslin’ in Bardhaman.
  • An Asian Development Bank (ADB)-finance road project worth Rs 3200 crore will pass through Bardhaman.
  • Another road will connect North Bengal to South Bengal.
  • Mati is the biggest strength of my life.
  • West Bengal has received Krishi Karman award from the Centre for the fourth year in a row.
  • We are number one in India in small scale industries and skill development.
  • We are number one in India in providing scholarships to minority-community students.
  • We have provided reservation to 97% of the eligible communities.
  • We have set up 13 universities and 45 Government colleges. Only 30 colleges were set up in Bengal from independence till 2011.
  • We have set up 130 Kisan Bazaars, out of our target of 176.
  • We will take up new work every new day that we get. Work waits for no one.
  • We believe in people’s alliance and not in any unholy nexus or compromise.
  • We have distributed compensation worth Rs 1100 crore for the flood-affected last year. The Centre did not pay a penny to us.
  • The Centre stopped funds for the ICDS programme. We are paying the salaries of ASHA workers – Rs 1500 each per month. We have provided income-generation opportunities to the tune of Rs 6000-7000 for the ASHA workers. We will distribute bicycles to ASHA workers too.
  • Our work should reflect our tolerant attitude.
  • We believe in a political ideology that is not destructive but which believes in creation. We abhor parties that delight in skeletons and dead bodies.
  • Who created 19 human rights courts and fast track courts? We did.
  • More jobs will be created as more infrastructure is being created. We have given jobs to 67 lakh people in four years. Two lakh more would be provided.
  • 70 police stations have been set up in the State, among which there are 26 women’s police stations and eight coastal police stations.
  • Some people only spread hate and jealousy. Who stopped you from working in your 34-year rule?
  • The days of load-shedding are over. The Left Front Government was called the government of power cuts. That is history now.
  • People will laud Mamata Banerjee for the next 100 years for her work.
  • Who stopped the Left Front from starting Krishak Ratna, Mati Tirtha, Lok Prasar or Karma Tirtha? Why are they complaining now?
  • I thank the Indian Chamber of Commerce for their support and cooperation in organising this Mati Utsav.
  • I have repeatedly visited districts. I do not believe in working from Nabanna. I want to take the Secretariat to the people.
  • January 23 is the birthday of Netaji. It is a day of glory and pride for India. Netaji was the person who created the famous slogan, ‘Jai Hind.’
  • Who stopped the Left Front Government from starting Mati Tirtha, Kanyashree, Shikshasree, Sabuj Sathi or Khadya Sathi?
  • Bengal never loses. Bengal never bows her head.
  • The logo of Sabuj Sathi represents the youth of Bengal who will achieve great success globally.
  • Do not pay heed to those who play divisive politics. The heart cannot be divided. We are all one.


বর্ধমানে মাটি তীর্থের উদ্বোধন করলেন মুখ্যমন্ত্রী

পশ্চিমবঙ্গের মাননীয়া মুখ্যমন্ত্রী শ্রীমতী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়ের উদ্যোগে এবছরও ১৯-২৫ শে জানুয়ারি মাটি উ९সব পালন করা হবে। মাননীয়া মুখ্যমন্ত্রী এর উদ্বোধন করলেন।

প্রতি বছর এই অনুষ্ঠানটি হয় বর্ধমানের পানাগড়ে লালবাবা আশ্রমে। এবছর থেকে প্রতি বছর এই অনুষ্ঠানটি স্থায়ী ভাবে হবে কালনার কাছে ‘মাটি তীর্থ’ তে।  ইতিমধ্যেই এই নতুন উ९সবের স্থানটি খুব জনপ্রিয় হয়ে উঠেছে এবং স্থানীয় মানুষের সমাগম হচ্ছে।

মুখ্যমন্ত্রী ৬৭টি প্রকল্পের শিলান্যাস করেছেন, যার বাজেট ৭৪৬ কোটি টাকা।

বর্ধমানের জনপ্রিয় মিষ্টি-মিহিদানা, ল্যাংচা ও সীতাভোগ প্রস্তুতি ও বিক্রয়কেন্দ্র ‘ল্যাংচা তীর্থ’ শিলান্যাস করলেন মাননীয়া মুখ্যমন্ত্রী।

মুখ্যমন্ত্রীর বক্তব্যের কিছু অংশঃ 

  • বর্ধমানে মাটি উ९সবের শুভ সূচনায় মুখ্যমন্ত্রী
  • বীরভূমে একটি স্থায়ী মাটি তীর্থ তৈরি হয়েছে
  • “এ মাটি আমার বেদ বেদান্ত, এ মাটি আমার কোরান, পুরান”
  • ২০১২ সাল থেকে আমরা এই অনুষ্ঠান শুরু করেছি, আমরা সবার আগে এই উ९সব শুরু করেছি
  • আমরা ৬০ জনকে কৃষি সম্মান দিয়েছি
  • ভারতের প্রথম গ্রিন ফিল্ড এয়ারপোর্ট তৈরি হয়েছে অন্ডালে
  • বর্ধমান জেলায় তৈরি হবে ১২ টি মিনি স্টেডিয়াম
  • ব্রধমানে মোট ৭৫০ কোটি টাকার প্রকল্প চালু করা হল
  • ৭ কোটি ৭০ লক্ষ মানুষকে আনা হচ্ছে খাদ্যসাথী প্রকল্পের আওতায়
  • ৩১ লক্ষ কন্যাশ্রী প্রকল্পের অন্তর্ভুক্ত এবং ৪০ লক্ষ ছেলেমেয়ে সবুজ সাথী প্রকল্পে সাইকেল পেয়েছে
  • ৬০ হাজার শিল্পী রয়েছেন লোকপ্রসার প্রকল্পের আওতায়
  • উত্সব হবে না তো কি নরকঙ্কাল এর মিছিল হবে?
  • গত ৪ বছরে ১ কোটি ২৫ লক্ষ সংখ্যালঘু ছাত্রছাত্রীদের বৃত্তি দেওয়া হয়েছে
  • ৪২ লক্ষ জাতি সংশাপত্র দেওয়া হয়েছে
  • আমি চাই বাংলা নিজের পায়ে দাঁড়াক
  • উত্সব এখন চলবে। সব মানুষ মিলে গেলেই উত্সব হয়
  • জামাল্পুর ব্লকেও তৈরি হবে আইটি আই
  • হচ্ছে না, হবে না শুনতে শুনতে কান পঁচে গেছে। ৪০ বছরে যা কাজ হয়নি, ৪ বছরে করে দিয়েছি
  • খাদ্যসাথী প্রকল্পের আওতায় ২৭শে জানুয়ারি থেকে ২ টাকা কেজি দরে চাল ও গম পাবে মানুষ
  • এখানে ২ লক্ষ ৭৫ হাজার একর জমিতে সেচ ব্যবস্থা চালু করা হয়েছে, মে মাসের মধ্যে আরও ৬২ হাজার একর জমিতে চালু হবে
  • “মাটি আমার জীবনের সবচেয়ে বড় শক্তি, মাটি আমাদের সবচেয়ে বড় গৌরব”
  • ক্ষুদ্রশিল্পে ও এম এস এম ই তে আমরা প্রথম
  • মানুষ চায় মানুষের জোট। ঘোঁটে কোনও লাভ নেই। মানুষের মহাজোট চাই
  • ৪ বছ্রে আমরা ৪৫ টি সরকারি কলেজ তৈরি করেছি, স্বাধীনতার পর থেকে ২০১১ সাল পর্যন্ত বাংলায় মোট ৩০ টি কলেজ তৈরি হয়েছে
  • বন্যায় আমারা ১১০০ কোটি টাকা ক্ষতিপূরণ দিয়েছি
  • কেন্দ্র আই সি ডি এস এর টাকা দেওয়া বন্ধ করে দিয়েছে ,আমরাই এখন সেই প্রকল্প এগিয়ে নিয়ে চলেছি
  • ‘আশা’-র সকল ছেলেমেয়েদের আমরা সাইকেল প্রদান করব
  • ৪ বছরে আমরা ৭০ টি পুলিশ স্টেশন তৈরি করেছি, এর মধ্যে ২৬ টি মহিলা পুলিশ স্টেশন
  • “আগামী দিন আমাদের ছাত্র যৌবনের জন্যই”
  • ৪১ টি মাল্টি সুপার হাসপাতাল তৈরি হয়েছে, ফেব্রুয়ারির মধ্যে আরও ১৬ টি হাসপাতাল তৈরি হবে
  • গণমাধ্যমে কৃষি কথার আসর চালু করুন, সেখানে কৃষি সংক্রান্ত তথ্য ও পরামর্শ দিন
  • বর্ধমানে ৪৮০ জন মসলিন শিল্পীকে নিয়ে তৈরি হবে ‘প্রজেক্ট মসলিন’ প্রকল্প
  • বাংলা কখনো হারে না, বাংলা কখনোও মাথা নত করে না
  • “হৃদয় কখনো ভাগ করা যায় না, যারা ভাগাভাগির রাজনীতি করে তাদের কথা শুনবেন না”



Bengal number one in 100 Days’ Work : WB CM at Mati Tirtha, Bardhaman

The State government organised the first leg of “Mati Tirtha Krishi Katha”, in Bardhaman. The conference will continue for three days and the second leg in Balurghat. The conference is indented to inform the farmers of the latest developments in agriculture and also how to avail easy agricultural loans.

The current government is giving agriculture top priority and such conferences are being held to reach out to farmers.

WB CM Ms Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the conference at Bardhaman and she spoke to farmers and take questions from them.

The state government will also deploy agricultural experts to advice farmers regarding preventive measures to be adopted to prevent fungus infection of several agricultural crops.

It may be recalled that the state government has already provided Rs 4.70 crore for the development of agriculture in several districts.

Highlights of WB CM speech:

  • We thank the United Nations for sending a representative for the inauguration of Mati Tirtha.
  • UN has declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils.
  • Bengal has been celebrating Mati Utsav for the last three years at Panagarh.
  • We have set up a Mati Tirtha at the Agricultural University in Bardhaman.
  • The Mati Tirtha will advise farmers in increasing efficiency of agriculture and improving productivity. The Mati Tirtha will help people associated with soil 365 days in a year, not just during 7 days of Mati Utsav.
  • We must ensure farmers are able to easily sell their products in urban areas, not just rural areas.
  • Mati (soil) is our janmabhoomi, karmabhoomi.
  • We have inaugurated 429 roads today. The project cost Rs 1151 crore
  • In the past we initiated the process of building 60000 km of roads in rural areas.
  • Centre is not giving us any funds. Instead they are taking away all our revenues. We are paying for sins committed by others.
  • We want answers from the Centre. We will go to Delhi if necessary. Bengal must get its dues.
  • They have no base in Bengal. They only appear on TV studios. They have no idea about running government.
  • I welcome criticism. But some people are indulging in smear campaign. UPA neglected Bengal. BJP is crossing all limits.
  • Why did our predecessors not think of Krishak Bazars, Mati Tirtha? Why did they not set up schools, hospitals?
  • We have given Kisan Credit Cards to 35 lakh people. We gave land pattas to 2.5 lakh people.
  • We will also set up Mati Tirtha at north Bengal.
  • Post independence, only 34 colleges were set up in Bengal till 2011. In 3 years we set up 31 colleges.
  • Only 2 universities were set up in Bengal during CPM rule. We set up 7 government and 5 private universities in 3 years.
  • AIIMS is being set up at Kalyani. IIIT is coming up in Kalyani.
  • We had set up a target of 50,000 ponds for 5 years. We have already created more than 1 lakh ponds in 3 years.
  • Bengal is No. 1 in 100 Days’ Work Scheme. That is why Centre has stopped giving us funds.
  • BJP Govt slashed funds for 100 Days’ Work. Prices of fertilizers have been increased. Funds for PMGSY have been blocked.
  • Centre abolished the Planning Commission. We oppose that. Netaji conceptualised the Planning Commission. We will not accept this.
  • We increased our revenues. But the Centre is taking away our taxes.
  • We want federal structure to be strengthened. States must have power of taxation.
  • Food grain procurement in Bengal has crossed 1.74 lakh metric tonnes.
  • We are giving away benefits of various schemes to 25000 people today.

Soil has an integral connection with the people: WB CM at Mati Utsav

The seven-day long Mati Utsav was inaugurated by West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee at Panagarh, Barddhaman. on 28th January, 2015 at Birudiha, Panagarh in Durgapur sub-division of Burdhaman district. This was the third edition of the unique programme connecting soils with humanity.

To showcase and encourage culture and tradition of rural Bengal, Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee envisaged the ‘Mati Utsav’. The festival is being celebrated since 2013.

In an innovative manner, the Government of West Bengal also enlightens the people about the various services, schemes and programmes launched and run by state government, through this festival. This is a people’s festival and common people will be informed about their various privileges and rights through this festival. Apart from this, the festival will also showcase whole range of village life and the real essence of rural Bengal.

The opening function witnessed the Government’s commitment to the people through a slew of developmental projects and programs. The festival also included laying foundation stones for new projects and inauguration of completed projects.

Over two hundred stalls consisting of various governments’ departments have been put up in this festival.

Highlights of WB CM speech:

  • Land gives us work and it is purer than gold, it defines our culture.
  • I am born in this soil. This soil is my ‘Janma Bhumi’, ‘Karma Bhumi’ and ‘Dharma Bhumi’.
  • Soil has an integral connection with the people.
  • I am proud of the young generation. They are the future of our country.
  • Farmers are our assets. We are proud of them. We are providing them with bicycles, machines and skill development programmes for all round development.
  • I have given away Krishi Ratna and Krishak Samman today.
  • On 9 February we are inaugurating Mati Tirtha at Bardhaman. It will act as a permanent center for dissemination of knowledge and socio‐economic exchanges on soil‐based activities.
  • United Nations and Food and Agriculture Organization, for the first time, has decided to celebrate 2015 as the “International Year of Soils”.
  • We are celebrating Mati Utsav in every block and every district.
  • Bengal is number 1 in Skill Development and Small Scale Industries.
  • We have to preserve the environment. We must stop destruction of Nature. We must love Nature.
  • We have kept our commitment of Healthcare for all. We have made all beds free at Govt hospitals.
  • We have opened fair price medicine shops and fair price diagnostic centres. We will also be setting fair price shops in rural Bengal.
  • 40 multi super specialty hospitals are coming up in Bengal.
  • 83 Kisan Bazars have been completed. 100 more are coming up. Farmers will now be able to directly sell their crops in the Kisan Bazar.
  • 500 Karma Tirthas are coming up across the State. These Marketing centers will create new job opportunities.
  •  From ITIs to Polytechnics, we are moving ahead. We will provide free skill development training to 1 lakh people.
  • Bengal shows the way. Our fair price shops are national model now.
  • We are No. 1 in 100 Days’ Work. But Centre is not giving us due funds.
  • I can understand the sentiments of common man. I will always work for my poor people. I will always stand up to protect the rights of common man.
  • CPM incurred huge debts. Centre is taking away a large part of our revenue. We do not have fiscal autonomy.
  • The Centre has taken away Rs 21000 crore in the first year, then Rs 25000 crore in the second year and now Rs 28000 crore in this year.
  • We have increased our revenues. It has increased from Rs 21000 crore to Rs 40000 crore.
  • We believe in courtesy. Our motto is “Badla Noy Bodol Chai” (Change not Revenge).
  • Our courtesy is not our weakness. People who insult the soil of Bengal will not get our respect.
  • Tomorrow I will speak about investment and industry at the business meet in Asansol. I will make further announcements of investments at Industrial Trade Fair tomorrow.
  • Some media houses are criticising us because they want to please Delhi. Reject such adulterated news shops.
  • We will provide skill development training to 10 lakh youths.
  • We received investment proposals worth Rs 2.4 lakh crore at Business Summit. 1 crore jobs will be generated.
  • We are giving unemployment allowance to 1 lakh youths under Yuvashree scheme. We have set up employment bank.
  • As long as I live, I will go across the State and interact with people.





Panagarh urea plant

Matix Fertilizers plans to invest Rs 5000 crore in Bengal for Phase II of urea plant

As the first phase of its Panagarh urea plant is ready for commissioning, Matix Fertilizers plans to invest another Rs 5,000 crore on second phase of the project.

“The first phase of company’s Greenfield fertiliser complex at Panagarh (West Bengal) is ready to be commissioned. The capacity of plant is 1.3 million tonnes per annum, and about Rs 6,000 crore has been invested on it,” MATIX Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd Managing Director P R Dhariwal said.

“The company has also applied for the second phase of plant under the new urea investment policy. We are planning to set up the same capacity (1.3 million tonnes per annum) plant and it will require investment of about Rs 5,000 crore,” he said.

Dhariwal added that the company has also set up captive power plant with capacity of 54 MW.