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Bengal mulls purchase props for small units

Calcutta, Oct. 29: The Bengal government plans to revamp its purchase policy to support the ailing small-scale industry (SSI).

This was disclosed by chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee at the 116th annual general meeting of the Bengal National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BNCCI) here today.

“The state government’s endeavour has been to act as a facilitator to help SSI units develop their marketing skills and get adequate credit. The purchase policy of the state government is now under review to cater to the requirements of the sector,” he added.

The SSI sector, which occupies an important place in the state’s economy, needs institutional support and technology upgradation urgently, he added.

He said the state's handloom sector, with its six lakh artisans, was capable of producing fabrics with a wide range of designs, colour combinations and structural patterns. The hosiery sector needed to diversify and innovate to cater to the changing needs.

The chief minister advised industry representatives to stop outsourcing of certain items and manufacture them in the state instead.

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