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Reintroduce old support schemes for silk in West Bengal: CII

Shattered with COVID-19 lockdown and then devastating cyclone Amphan, the CII Chapter for northern half of West Bengal has urged the government to reintroduce old support schemes. It has urged the government to reintroduce the scheme where silk egg grower used to receive one time 60 per cent support from center and 20 per cent from the state to develop own set up. But it has been withdrawn during 2014-15. In place of 165 egg growers in Malda alone, now there are only 65 of them. Each grower produces around 4 lakh eggs a year. One hundred matured eggs, weighting 18 grams only, costs around Rs 200-400.

In addition, the chapter has also sought the reintroduction of the 10 per cent incentive on yarn sale volume.