BSCIC generates employment for over 10,000 people in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI The industrial estate of Bangladesh Small

and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) in Rajshahi has, so far, generated

employment scopes of more than 10,000 people in various trades till last

October.

The people got the jobs in various fields like enterprise development,

skill development and training, industry ownership transfer and establishment

of new industries.

Employment for around 6,500 people is expected to be generated in the next

five years, said Tamanna Rahman, deputy general manager of BSCIC.

She said 3,500 people were imparted entrepreneurship and skill development

training for the entrepreneurship development and employment generation in

the last 10 years.

Around 1,250 entrepreneurs were given necessary supports of getting

industrial loan worth around Taka 76.86 crore. Registration was given to 261

industries. Investment worth around Taka 27.50 crore has been achieved in 43

industries through ownership transfer.

In the current 2019-2020 fiscal year, the BSCIC has set a target to

identify 333 entrepreneurs, impart entrepreneurship development training to

210 people, credit support to 147 others and employment generation for 1,325

people.

The 325-plot BSCIC industrial estate, established in 1961 on 95.71 acres on

the city's outskirts, has been providing electricity, water supply, security,

road and drainage facilities to the entrepreneurs for running their business.

Several silk-clothes manufacturing units earned reputation for their

quality products. They expect that there would be no more sick industry in

the estate, the officials said.

Terming the BSCIC industrial area viable for any small and medium industry,

Liakat Ali, president of Bangladesh Silk Industries Owners Association, said

the entrepreneurs are making a profit and demanding uninterrupted power and

gas supply to the BSCIC for reducing production costs.

Meanwhile, development works of the second industrial estate of BSCIC are

progressing aimed at generating employment opportunities for more than 5,000

people in Rajshahi.

The estate being developed on 50 acres of land at Parila area will also

help flourishing industrial sector in the city and its outskirts.

The development works are being implemented under a project titled

Rajshahi BSCIC Industrial Estate-2involving around Taka 131.74 crore since

July, 2015.

BSCIC, Rajshahi Regional Office has been implementing the project setting a

target of developing 296 plots for accommodating 250 industrial units coupled

with generating the employment opportunities.

Tamanna Rahman said the government has taken the decision of providing

industrial plots to the actual entrepreneurs as per the necessity. Under the

project, there will be three types of plots. The number of A-type industrial

unit is 83 having 6,000 square feet each while 89 units will be B-type with

4,500 square feet each and the remaining plots will be S-type with the size

of 3,500-8,000 square feet.

The industrial plots will be developed considering the country's socio-

economic condition and future necessity as the entrepreneurs are expanding

the SME gradually in the region, she added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)