There were over 7,905 micro and small sick industries and 460 medium-sized sick industries in West Bengal till March 31, 2011.
The industry body has submitted a strategy paper on "Reviving Sick Units in West Bengal" to state Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee.
According to Assocham, over Rs 725 crore has been blocked in the sick units and more than one lakh people had lost their livelihood. Also, around 96 percent of the state's sick MSME units are not in a condition for revival due to change in ownership or legal complications.
D.S. Rawat, Assocham secretary general said in Kolkata that, the suggested special cell should ensure that there was no delinquency by any government department in providing relief and concessions to the remaining four percent of the sick MSME units.