Having celebrated its centenary in the year 1999-2000 at a function
inaugurated by Shri Atal Behari Bajpayee, the then Prime Minister of
India, at Kolkata, Bharat Chamber of Commerce is, today, one of the
oldest, largest and leading Chambers of Commerce in the country.
The Chamber has, rendered several decades of dedicated service and
has provided inspiration for the economic and commercial growth of
its constituents and, by and large, for the economic growth of the
country. The Chamber has a knowledge base and a pre-eminent voice
recognized in the era of "Imperialistic control" before India's
independence, era of "nation building" in the post-Independence
period, and in the present globalised era.
The Chamber has emerged as a composite body representing a wide
spectrum of business enterprises - large, medium and small, trading
houses and professionals. The
of the Chamber covers the entire spectrum of industrial activity –
mining to iron and steel, agro-processing, textiles, jute and tea,
Information Technology and Communication, Infrastructure and Real
Estate Development. The Chamber, besides promoting trade and
industry also takes keen interest in HRD in management ,
modernization of technology and preservation of environment. It
encourages promotion of new entrepreneurship in the Eastern Region
and, keeping this in view, the Chamber has also instituted
Excellence in specified fields.
The Administration of affairs of the Chamber is vested on its
In its commitment to fulfill its social objectives, an important
activity for the Chamber has been its
and Rural Development Project at Rajarampur
continuing for over three decades.
The principal objective of this Project has been ‘social upliftment’
of the people of the area through infusion of appropriate
application of technology. Under the aegis of the Project, the
people of the area have been able to convert mono-crop low yielding
activities in saline soil to multi-cropping, high yielding varieties
of high value crops like tomato, capsicum etc. The Project has
received admiration from a number of
Cabinet Ministers of Central and State Governments,
Chief Ministers and other dignitaries. Shri P V
Narasimha Rao, Prime Minister of India visited the Chamber’s project
area and was impressed by the Chamber’s activities. Dr. M S
Swaminathan, renowned agronomist, has acclaimed the Chamber’s
project areas as a ‘Model Project’.
Affiliated to the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and
Industry (FICCI), the Chamber is also a member of ICC of the
International Chamber of Commerce, All India Organisation of
Employers (AIOE), Indian Council of Arbitration (ICA) etc. and
maintains close contact with other leading Chambers of Commerce all
over the country and abroad.
The Chamber is a non-profit organisation registered under Section 25
of the Companies Act. The Registered Office of the Chamber is at
present at 9, Park Mansions, 2nd Floor, 57A, Park Street, Kolkata –
700 016. Its
new premises is
underway at 9/1, Syed Amir Ali Avenue, Kolkata- 700 017.