Governor Jagdeep Dhankar handing over award to an exporter.
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Kolkata: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar has said that the industries in the country are facing enormous challenges and the steps that are being taken by the Centre now, should have been taken long ago.

The Governor made the observation while speaking at EEPC India’s eastern regional awards ceremony in Kolkata today 31 August, where a hall full of engineering products manufacturers and exporters were in attendance.

“Being in the chair that I am in, I cannot say everything. But challenges to the people in this room are enormous and some steps should have been taken long back. However, let us not look back. Now that steps are being taken, let us all be hopeful,” Dhankar said.

He applauded the engineering products manufacturers from the eastern region for contributing substantially to exports and said that they could do better if the hurdles were removed.

“I congratulate those who have achieved success. Probably you got less success due to systematic challenges ~ be it political, law, or regulatory,” the Governor said, adding that he is always ready to convey the problems of the industry to the Centre and the state government.

Speaking on the occasion, EEPC India chairman Ravi Sehgal, said that the manufacturing industry is key to achieving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s target of turning India into a USD 5 trillion economy in five years.

“In 2018-19, India exported USD 321 billion merchandise and of this, EEPC India partner industrialists alone contributed USD 81 billion. If India is to become a USD 5 trillion economy, EEPC’s contribution should alone be USD 200 billion. For this, we need bank credit at a reasonable rate and a few others facilities,” Sehgal pointed out.

At the ceremony, the Governor awarded around 50 EEPC industrialist members for their performance in engineering exports in the 2016-17 fiscal year from the eastern region.