Bhunia to unveil new policy for ailing West Bengal textile sector
Kolkata, Sept 15: West Bengal Textile and MSME Minister Manas Bhunia on Wednesday said a "new textile policy will be introduced after puja to restore the lost glory of Bengal handloom and khadi industry".Bhunia, who holds the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises(MSME) portfolio along with textile, was speaking here at an award ceremony organised by the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Bhunia said that the new government "inherited a state economy in shambles and ridden with debts" and he hoped the MSME's will play a big role in the inclusive growth of the state.
He said "the major problems confronted by MSME's are land acquisition, raw materials , communication, marketing, funding etc."
"So we are discussing all issues broadly with state experts to bring the economy of the state on track," he said.
He said a State Level Advisory Board has been constituted headed by Anup K Chanda, additional chief secretary, department of MSME and textiles. to look at all problems faced by textile industry.
The board will involve experts from the industry to find out problems and suggest remedies for it.
Bhunia said "food processing, horticulture and fisheries should also come under the MSME to enjoy the vast opportunity to grow and expand their business."
Harsha K. Jha ,VIce President, Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said "the MSME's will contribute 22pc of GDP by 2012-13 and provide 60pc employment in organised sector."
So, policy reform is major concern for the growth, he said.
Bhunia also announced they are planning to present the handlooms, powerlooms and handicrafts in a Birmingham fair to capture international market.
(Reporting by Pratik Singh)