Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Purulia district, Junglemahal, United Nations Conference, UNCTAD on Thursday urged industrialists to invest in Purulia district, part of Junglemahal which has long been a Maoist stronghold. But claiming that only “peace prevails here now”, the chief minister asked industrialists to focus on the district’s “natural beauty” and see it as “an ideal tourist destination…(with) great sites for film shoots”.
Addressing an administrative meeting, Mamata claimed a group of industrialists have already invested Rs 26,000 crore at Raghunathpur industrial town. “(Under this) 40,000 youths will get jobs,” she said.
Incidentally, the official portal of the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation says Raghunathpur has in its possession 1897.44 acres of land for its steel and allied industrial park with an estimated Rs 17,093 crore as expected investment.
Earlier in the day, Mamata had posted on Facebook about the setting up of a Centre of Excellence in Entrepreneurship Training by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in association with EMPRETEC and the state government.
“It will provide training, education, skill development along with access to finance to our aspiring entrepreneurs,” she said. “This Centre will be the first of its kind in the world connecting not only all states of the country but also the developing and developed nations of the world to nurture and hold entrepreneurship,” she said in her post. EMPRETEC is a United Nations programme by UNCTAD’s Division of Investment and Enterprise to promote the creation of sustainable small-and-medium-sized enterprises. This initiative would help to create young entrepreneurs, thereby generating more jobs and give economic activity in the region a significant boost,” she added.)
Speaking later about the Centre of Excellence at the programme in Purulia, the chief minister gave hope to the unemployed youths by claiming that her government has set “a target to provide training to ten lakh youths at this centre (of excellence)”.
“We can provide training to five lakh youths every year and get them employed…. before that they will have training for three to six months.”
The chief minister also praised the ‘Yuvashree’ scheme launched by her government, through which one lakh youths currently get from the state government “a monthly assistance of Rs 1,500”. “In the next phase another one lakh youths enrolled in the employment bank will be covered,” she explained but cautioned the youngsters against relying on “these jobs of Rs 6,000 and Rs 8,000 per month”.
“Instead I want the youths to stand on their feet. We will give training linked with different projects. Organisations starting from Nascom, Raymond and Samsung are all coming,” she said.
The chief minister also informed the gathering of setting up a tourism hub surrounding the Ayodhya and Jaichandi hills in Purulia.
“A lot of stress is being laid on tourism in Purulia. We have taken up a drinking water project worth Rs 12000 crore in the area. Japan is partnering with us. It will be complete by 2017.” With pti inputs