The recently concluded Darjeeling Hills business summit brought together investors from across the country. Led by Chief Minister’s announcement of Rs 100 crore from the government fund, the summit received business proposals work Rs 1500 crore.
The focus of the business summit was to generate employment for local youth in different areas of agriculture, eco-tourism, tea, transport, horticulture, medicinal plants, orchids, homestay tourism.
Describing the first ever business summit as a “positive step”, the Chief Minister said “our target is to help the people of Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong, and Mirik, especially the young people, to get employment. There are great opportunities for food processing, hotel, dairy and aquarium, orchids, eco-tourism, medicinal plants, and agro-industries.”
The CM’s announced that the focus was on the younger generation, many of whom are leaving the Hills for jobs and education, adding to the disgruntlement among the Hills people.
The first such event in the Darjeeling hills, the three-day business summit was organized by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) in partnership with the state government and Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA).