What is the scope of e-Governance applications in the West Bengal state
Progressive induction of e-applications in activities of the micro,
small-scale enterprises and textiles department has been taken up as one of the
focal areas of our activity. The global textiles industry is passing through a
defining phase and is witnessing technological metamorphosis in a variety of
hues. Superior and modern designs, flexibility in speedily changing patterns and
colors to respond to the tastes of discerning customers are areas which
naturally lend themselves to e-applications. We have set up some CAD centers,
which are assisting artisans, weavers, printers and processors in refining their
products. In our bid to modernize the textiles sector, large-scale skill
upgradation is required to bridge the huge talent crisis.
Has e-Governance been able to strike positive changes in West Bengal?
E-Governance is an evolving process. As a necessity, e-applications and
governance measures are finding increased use and acceptability across the
country. West Bengal is no exception. There is a wide realization that citizenry
can benefit much more from increased usage of e-applications and consequent
increase in responsiveness. There are several district, sub-division, block and
Gram Panchayat level inter-connectivity initiatives. Many departments of the
state government have introduced or are introducing larger e-Governance
|Gyan Dutt Gautama,
principal secretary, Department of Micro, Small Scale Enterprises and
Textiles, Government of West Bengal
Can you share some details on the small-scale industry in West Bengal?
Even in the emerging milieu of a globalized and integrated business
environment, micro and small enterprises have their own significance in a large
country like India with a population of a billion. Each micro and small
enterprise can gainfully become part of larger production network and supply
chains provided one is agile and alive to emerging market needs and is willing
to aggressively pursue opportunities. In West Bengal, several large brands in
textiles sector are being supported by a network of micro and small enterprises.