New Delhi, November 14: The role of new technologies like electronics and IT — especially of effective e-governance initiatives, stronger online infrastructure and wider internet connectivity — in ensuring a better, faster and more transparent public service delivery, and overall improvement in the quality of lives of people, was the highlight of the West Bengal Pavilion at the India International Trade Fair-2016, which focused on the theme of “Digital India” this year.

The State also exhibited Bengal’s great artistic and cultural heritage, its superb handicrafts and handloom products, its prowess in Power Generation, Industry, Agriculture and Tourism, the digital boost in Higher Education and School Education sector as well as its present achievements and future opportunities.

Enumerated below are some of the key facets of West Bengal Pavilion, which was inaugurated by Dr. Partha Chatterjee, Hon’ble Minister for School Education, Higher Education and Parliamentary Affairs:-

  • In keeping with the catch-phrase of “Egiye Bangla”, the West Bengal Pavilion fascia projected the iconic symbol of the Biswa Bangla brand — connected through linear tracks as seen in a circuit board — to images of different walks of life, signifying the all-pervading IT and digital revolution that has brought positive changes in different sectors and among all sections of the population.
  • The signature development projects of the state government found a pride of place in the fascia, including the internationally acclaimed Kanyashree scheme for girl child empowerment and the “Sabooj Sathi” project for distribution of bi-cycles to the students of class IX to XII in schools run, aided and sponsored by the government.
  • The theme area outlined the growth trajectory of Bengal with emphasis on “powering progress, empowering people”. Various departments such as Information and Cultural Affairs, Commerce and Industries, Higher Education, Minority Affairs, Animal Resources Development etc. also highlighted their achievements in the Pavilion.
  • The Tourism section, apart from visually portraying famous tourist destinations of Bengal, such as Mandarmani, Murshidabad, Purulia and Sundarbans, depicted the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which has been accorded UNESCO World Heritage status. Live demonstration by handicrafts artisans was also a special attraction here.
  • The Pavilion, with a total floor area of 22,000 sq feet, featured around 50 stalls representing small scale industries and 23 others from Self-Help Groups.
  • The Department of Agriculture Marketing operated a stall to promote aromatic rice and processed food items.
  • Bengali sweets were there to tickle the taste buds of the visitors. Darjeeling tea and Bengali books were on sale at the stall of Oxford Book Store.
  • ‘West Bengal Day’ was celebrated in IITF on November 26, 2016. Dr. Amit Mitra, Hon’ble Minister, Finance, Commerce & Industries and Excise, addressed a press conference at Pragati Auditorium in the afternoon.
  • Special attractions in the evening on the State Day was an ensemble of folk cultural programmes, comprising Khol Badya, Sherpa Dance, Chandi Dance and Natua Dance.