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CM inaugurates multiple projects from Digha

Digha (East Midnapore): Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday inaugurated a number of projects and laid the foundation stone of some others through remote control from the Digha Convention Centre.

The projects are aimed at giving a big boost to the MSME sector, which has been the special focus area of the state mainly because of its capacity to generate huge employment.

A Common Production Centre (CPC) for 'kantha stitch' artisans inaugurated at Bhedia in East Burdwan will ensure gainful employment for those who are adept in the art.

"We will be providing them training in design and will supply necessary raw materials so that they can manufacture and market their products in the best possible way," said a senior official of West Bengal Khadi and Village Industries Board. The CPC is expected to generate employment for 400 artisans.

Another CPC at Birnagar in Nadia will enable clay artisans to give a special finishing touch and an eco-friendly trait to the varied articles they make out of clay. The CPC will have space for exhibition and sale and will gradually employ 5,000 people.

A similar facility at Chaltaberia in North 24-Parganas and a few other places in the state have been very successful.

The CPC for stone carving artisans at Susunia Hills in Purulia will have a workshop and sales counter. The facility that will come up on a 1.5 bigha land of the state Forest department that has been handed over to the Khadi Board, will gradually generate employment for 7,000 people.

The keys of five stalls were handed over to the beneficiaries as token by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday.

Foundation stone was laid for the proposed apparel wholesale hub project at Nangi in South 24-Parganas. The hub that will come up on an 11 lakh square feet area, will ensure a smart display for international buyers. It will have 150 manufacturing units and 16,000 people will be employed in it.

The foundation stones for the Bell and Brass metal cluster at Shyambazar in Bankura, the common facilitation centre (CFC) for Garbeta Steel Fabrication cluster at Paschim Midnapore and Shellac cluster at Jhalda in Purulia were also laid by Banerjee from the venue.

Meanwhile, the MSME department signed an MoU with Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) – an international body for promotion of the sector while a regional facilitation council for MSME was also opened up at Siliguri.

Banerjee also announced that the cultural stage near Digha sea beach, where a cultural programme was hosted on Wednesday for the foreign delegates, will host similar programmes on weekends on a permanent basis. The dais has been named as Dheu Sagar by the Chief Minister herself.

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