West Bengal is known for its position among the leading industrialized
states of India. There are over 10000 registered factories in the state
and the state government has opened 'Shilpa bandhu', a single window agency
for providing investors with all kinds of assistance in setting up and
running industrial units. Calcutta city is noted as a major centre for
industries including the jute industry. There are a number of Steel plants
in the state apart from the alloy steel plant at Durgapur. The centre
has set up a number of industries in the areas of tea, sugar, chemicals
and fertilizers. Good natural resources like tea and jute in and
near Bengal made West Bengal a major centre for the jute and tea industries.
The manufacturing industries play a vital role in the
economic life of the state. Among the important industries, manufacture
of shoes, medicine and pharmaceuticals, weaving of cotton textiles, spinning
and weaving of jute, manufacture of fabricated metal products and structural
metal products, production of ice and Shulekha ink etc are worth mentioning.