West Bengal Govt measures to pep up industry

The West Bengal government has made a slew of announcements aimed at giving a fillip to industry, including proposals for manufacturing biofuel, a draft sand mining policy, a scheme to augment egg production and development of the Tajpur Port.

Chief Secretary H K Dwivedi, following a meeting of the Empowered Group on Industry here, told reporters that the state is a big producer of rice, and the broken form of it would be used for the manufacture of ethanol, which would be mixed with petrol and diesel.
“Since it is a green fuel, we are making it mandatory to blend ethanol with petrol and diesel. After introducing the ethanol production promotion policy, within a very short span of time, we have received 15 proposals to manufacture ethanol.

“The total investment is to the tune of Rs 2,666 crore with direct employment potential of 4,000,” he said. The senior official also said that the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation is exploring options of setting up a dedicated park for ethanol units.
At a recent meeting, the government decided to frame a draft sand mining policy under which the state mineral development corporation would be the sole authority to auction sand.
“In the existing policy, mining was taking place in a decentralised manner without uniformity. This was also affecting the environment and hampering the state’s revenues,” the chief secretary said.

The corporation will carry out an auction of sand blocks in a “transparent and centralised manner”. This will start from October-end, he said, adding, earlier private players who were given such blocks on lease used to sell sand after extracting it.