Kolkata: Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Babul Supriyo on Wednesday slammed the state government, saying her act of blacking out her Twitter display picture was “shameful”. “There is nothing to say about leaders and political parties who have splattered themselves with ink, turning their DP black.
This is shameful. I have heard there were clashes today in the city… I feel this is part of a political purpose… Those who are making so much noise are actually making it clear that the maximum damage was incurred by them in demonetisation,’’ said Supriyo.
The MoS was in Kolkata to preside over signing of an MoU between heavy industries department and IIT-Kgp to set up a Centre of Excellence on Advanced Manufacturing Technologies on the institute’s campus. The ministry has provided PPP funding of Rs 65.19 crore for the purpose.
“It all started with a parliamentary question on centres of excellence in the country. Going through the files, I was really shocked to see that eastern india and west Bengal did not have any. I felt it was a part of my duty that one such Centre of Excellence starts here…,” he said.
“We waste a lot of exchequer money in importing technology. This is in the line of ‘Make in India’. R&D in our country will boost small and medium industries, and help save money,” Supriyo said.
“We came up with the proposal of the Centre of Excellence on Advanced Manufacturing Technologies for Heavy Industries with a strong focus on technologies which will usher India into emerging era of Industry 4.0. The Centre will aim to bridge divide between the requirements of leading manufacturing firms of India and ability of SMEs to meet those requirements in globally competitive terms” said Prof P P Chakrabarti, Director, IIT-Kgp.
“The Centre will have state of the art infrastructure for Additive manufacturing like 3D printing, advanced joining facility, CT scans and others,” said Prof Surjya K Pal, technical lead of the centre.