Monday, September 02, 2013

Fiscal sops for fresh investment into Bengal
KOLKATA, SEPT. 1:  Fresh industrial investments in West Bengal will be eligible for fiscal incentives based on their employment generation abilities.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said, instead of capital subsidies, industries would be given incentives based on parameters such as production and job creation.

“We will offer tax exemptions and other incentives based on production and job creation of any industry,” Banerjee said recently, announcing the industrial policy for the State. Elaborating on the policy, the Chief Minister said that the State aims to boost growth in manufacturing sector from 4.7 per cent in 2010-11 to 20 per cent in the terminal year of her 5-year term in office.


According to her, while the Government is aspiring for 10 per cent growth in big industries, the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector is expected to grow by 25 per cent.

“Many industries are aimed through the public-private partnership route. The vision is to create 66 lakh jobs over the next five years,” Banerjee said.

She added that the tax exemption cap for MSME has been raised from Rs 5 crore to Rs 10 crore.

Commenting on land acquisition, Banerjee reiterated that the State Government would not forcefully acquire land for industries. “We will stick to our policy to not forcefully acquire land (for industries),” she said.

A Textile Policy has also been approved to facilitate the handloom and power-loom industry.

“There was no proper textile policy in the State. As a result our State’s handloom industry was not progressing like Maharashtra and Gujarat,” Banerjee said.

While the State would form a Silk Development Corporation, it has announced development of textile design and technology institutes and 10 handloom clusters in each district.