The CII Development Initiatives has enlisted wide scale industry support to unlock the growth potential of rural India. In creating tangible rural assets for sustainable development, CII has focused attention on improving rural income and employment levels, rural infrastructure development, education and healthcare facilities, and promotion of rural businesses. Rural Business Hubs: CII partners the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India, in promoting Rural Business Hubs (RBHs) across the country. Within this framework of partnership, initiatives have been taken to link up Indian corporates with different Panchyati Raj Institutions (PRIs) to identify and develop rural business clusters. While this would help the rural businesses to move up the economic value chain, the corporate would discover new markets and sourcing options. Nearly 200 MOUs have already been signed to promote RBHs. Healthy & Educated Villages: CII has sought Indian industry’s active engagement for improving rural infrastructure for safe drinking water, sewage and garbage disposal, schools, sanitation, roads, tele-medicine, etc. Major corporates like DSCL, Hero Honda, Bharti Foundation, Sona Group, Luxor, HCL, GHPL, Coca Cola Foundation, and others have come forth to support these initiatives. Seven villages in the states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab will receive special attention under this initiative. E-Portal: Knowledge is the true liberator of a developing society. CII is developing an E-Portal that will enable rural businesses to access real time market information for better price realization for their products. The portal will functions like a knowledge bank on rural products and services, build buyer-seller interaction, and facilitate multifold B2B linkages.
Key Initiatives / Information
West Bengal, historically at the forefront of India’s industrial growth and social change, enjoys major benefits of outstanding natural and human resources. With a strong industrial base, it can transform into a manufacturing and employment-generating hub of eastern India and emerge as a central player in India’s vibrant growth story, given the right investment climate and proactive policies. This article by Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General (CII) was published in The Times of India, Kolkata on 4 April, 2012.
Opinion piece in Times of India of 2 March 2012 by the Director General, CII. It stresses that fiscal deficit and private corporate investments, growth drivers for the economy, need to be critically addressed in the forthcoming Budget.
First communication from the CII President to all members after assuming the office of CII, President.
The travails of the global economy appear to be still not behind us, despite gradual recovery during 2010 from the worst global
economic conditions since World War II. Continued fiscal and debt burdens vitiate the recovery process, imparting a degree of
fragility and uncertainty to global economic conditions. The world needs a new source of growth and stability, and India, a
rapidly growing economy with strong internal demand, offers a new opportunity.
India remained relatively untrammeled by the developments in the Eurozone and reverted to close to 9% GDP growth rates in
2010. Growth was broad-based across all sectors, including agriculture, manufacturing and services. Public commitment to
calibrated exit from expansionary fiscal policy and continued corporate and household confidence have helped sustain a
virtuous growth cycle. The resurgence of the rural economy and intensified infrastructure mission further strengthened the
foundations for medium-term growth propensities.
The central theme of the article published in the The Age Debate of the Asian Age is whether bandhs really help the poor or not.
Offering a justification, Ms Nirmala Sitharaman, Spokesperson, BJP is of the view that for an average daily wager, the bandh often becomes the penultimate and necessary mode of protest to air his grievances, while Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General (CII) feels that recourse to such forms of public protest further deprives the poor daily wager of livelihood.
CII - West Bengal State Council has been regularly working towards creating a right platform for interaction, meetings while taking up contentious issues with the relevant authorities. The Council’s resolute to strengthen the very fundamentals of economy and build a resonating state remains unabated. West Bengal State Council is also focusing on a) District Development b) Abating Climate Change and c) Disaster Management - the three key areas which require a lot of attention. In addition to the above, the Council has been regularly organizing programs covering different issues & subjects for the benefit of our members. West Bengal @ 2022 is one of the other major initiatives wherein the Council has tried to identify the potential areas of growth and benchmark them for continuous development.
CII News Update
The Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, today launched the India Backbone Implementation Network (IBIN). The purpose of IBIN is to improve implementation of policies, programs, and projects, which the 12th Five Year Plan has located as the critical necessity for a.....
“To match up with the rapid pace of urbanisation, there is an urgent need to improve delivery systems and mechanism to provide basic amenities and essential services like water, sanitation, housing, solid waste management, electricity and power besides infrastructure support like road and rail netw.....
“If ideas and capital move, even if people don’t move, we will reach a stage where we will forget the rural-urban divide,” Professor Abhijit Sen, Member, Planning Commission, Government of India, said in his inaugural address at the 4th National Rural Development Summit – Rural Services – the NEXT .....
Bangalore: Interactive session on “Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA) Scheme in Public Private Partnership Framework” organized by CII opined that PURA can address development, infrastructure and employment issues of rural areas. Government officials and industry representatives who.....
The recommendations made by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development on the Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation & Resettlement Bill 2011 would adversely affect the industry, specially the manufacturing sector. The LA&RR Bill 2011 had rightly included industry in the definition of .....
An Interactive session on Uttarakhand’s Next Decade of Development was held on 10 February 2012 at The Lalit, New Delhi. Uttarakhand has made rapid progress in all sectors since its inception. The attractive industrial policy acted as a catalyst to massive capital investment and industrial developm.....
In India’s quest for faster, stronger and inclusive growth, land acquisition has assumed a very important role and will impact the pace and quality of growth that India sees. While adequate compensation and rehabilitation of those displaced are concerns, “land acquisition per se does not impact rur.....