Addressing a rally on Tuesday afternoon, Banerjee said the improving road connectivity in Malda would be the gateway to North Bengal from South Bengal soon. She said that the Biswabanga Store had been set up where the famous mangoes of Malda along with its handicrafts and local sweets would be promoted. She also promised to develop the tourism in Malda. Gour was the capital of Bengal for many years and thousands of tourists both from the country and abroad visit the area. “Steps have already been taken to improve tourism in Malda and its tourism will be highlighted. There is ample scope for the development of tourism and we are going to do it soon,” she said.
Banerjee said time has come when the Centre should ensure that the use of jute in packaging should be made mandatory.
“This will not only help the jute industry to revive but also help jute products to flourish. The products which are often used to make home decorations have market in other states and even the foreigners are interested in them. It is because of the faulty policy of the Centre that the jute industry is suffering and they should come up with a solution soon,” she said.
Banerjee on Tuesday inaugurated 32 projects and laid the foundation of 42 more at an estimated cost of Rs 460 crore. She said Shilpa Tirtha had been set up to woo small and medium enterprises. “The small and medium enterprises have enormous possibility in West Bengal and state government’s main thrust is small and medium enterprises,” she said. Banerjee helped people under various financial schemes and distributed bicycles under the Sabuj Sathi scheme.