Krishi Bikash Shilpa Kendra launches national website

ST Bureau

Kolkata, February 12: Krishi Bikash Shilpa Kendra, an enterprise under the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Government of India, launched here today– the Ministry’s national website for unemployed youths of the country, designed to help and guide them in viewing their futures confidently as entrepreneurs (as alternatives to being salaried persons), first establishing themselves with appropriate skill development programmes, and then preparing themselves for their own start-up ventures, with loans from public sector banks at interest rates which are 2% lower, and the Government of India’s 25% subsidies for them, with the Government of India itself being the guarantor.

This national website was launched by Purnendu Basu, Minister-in-charge, Department of Technical Education, Training and Skill Development, Government of West Bengal.

Also speaking on this occasion, and explaining in detail how this new national website will help unemployed youths prepare themselves correctly for skill development, and thereafter setting up their own micro, small and medium industrial enterprises were several senior Krishi Bikash Shilpa Kendra spokespersons – Dr. Prosenjit Bose, Chairman cum Managing Director, Sayambita Bose, Vice Chairman, Priyabrata Pramanik, Chief Adviser and Prof. Ratikanta Dhar, Chief Adviser for West Bengal, Prof. Prabir Kumar Dey, Director of Skill and Entrepreneurship (also of Calcutta University), and Dr. Amit Chaudhuri, ex-Associate Director, CDAC, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India.

Also present on this occasion was Swami Biswathmanandaji Maharaj, Secretary, Bharat Sevashram Sangha.

On this occasion, the Krishi Bikash Shilpa Kendra also announced its proposed opening of 100 Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Kendras – as an addition to the 6000 such Kendras already functioning in various parts of the country, and helping ensure to some extent the availability of quality medicines at affordable priced, the very objective of their establishment, and always a major concern of the Government of India. These 6000 Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Kendras operate under the banner of the Bureau of Pharma Public Sector Undertakings of India (BPPI) and under the administrative control of the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilisers, Government of India.

Others present on this occasion included Shri Ashish Kumar Chakraborty, Chief of the BPPI.