1702 crore investment proposal in North Bengal
North Bengal has drawn investment proposals to the tune of Rs 1,702 crore in the two-day Agri Business Synergy organised in Siliguri by the department of Industry. Rajiva Sinha, additional chief secretary, Industry and Commerce & Enterprises, said the state government has set up dedicated help desks with the objective of helping some projects get clearances in a few hours. The proposed projects for units in food processing, dairy, food and beverages, animal husbandry, rice mills, pulse mills, flour mills, cold storages, food parks, fertilizer units, industrial parks, and others, in the region will generate significant employment, both direct and indirect. An industry facilitation centre is already there at Uttarkanya to provide support on matters related to clearances, finance and technology, Sinha said at the Valedictory Session held later. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has given a clear message to all that North Bengal must be developed by maximizing the huge potential the region possesses, said Sanjeev Chopra, additional chief secretary, department of Agriculture. All stakeholders must come forward and work together to translate the vision into a reality, create more jobs and open better livelihood opportunities. The two-day synergy was organised in collaboration with the departments of Agriculture, Agri Marketing, Food Processing and Horticulture, Animal Resource Development, Food and Supplies, Fisheries, Biotechnology, North Bengal Development Department and Siliguri-Jalpaiguri Development Authority (SJDA) and in partnership with CII and CII-Food and Agriculture Centre of Excellence (FACE). Notably, Day I had secured investment intents worth Rs 1,361 crore.