Reach out to people: Abhishek Banerjee to party workers in Bankura

Party workers have to work hard to promote the message of development. This message of party Chief Mamata Banerjee was conveyed to the workers in Bankura by Trinamool Youth Congress President Abhishek Banerjee on Friday.

Abhishek has begun his district visits where he will be addressing workshops for grassroots workers of the party. While speaking at one such meeting in Barjora, Bankura, TMYC President said: “People will decide who will sit in offices of power. Reach out to people. Work unitedly to serve people.”

He said that the party leadership had knowledge of every action by block and district leadership. He said, “A few people cannot be allowed to bring shame to the party because of their wrong actions.”

Abhishek reiterated that there is no scope for complacency in the party. 2011 elections were fought on the plank of change and 2016 will be fought on the plank of development.

He instructed workers to publicise the developmental initiatives undertaken by West Bengal government in the last four and a half years.  He asked them to go to every village and reach out to people.

Connecting with people through football in Jangalmahal

Football tournaments have pushed away the dark days of guns and bullets in Jangalmahal. And taking the lead are the spirited women of Jangalmahal who have been participating in the football tournaments across the districts of Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore.

The women’s football initiative has been promoted by West Bengal Police as part of a public relations strategy. The region, which was once controlled by the Maoist rebels, gradually got rid of the grotesque web of insurgency.

The State police thought it wise to further the peace process by engaging the villagers in positive activities, and football became a major tool in this endeavour. It helped to counter the disenchantment among the locals who warmly responded to the football tournaments.

Women of Jangalmahal, especially in pockets like Bandwan, Baghmundi, Barabazar, Balarampur and Ashra of Purulia district, have been regularly participating in the football tournaments.

Over the time their enthusiasm has touched women in other districts as well — football tournaments are also being organised in West Midnapore and Bankura. The women’s football league will begin in West Midnapore. It has been organised by the district sports body.

As many as 12 women’s football teams from the district are slated to participate in the league. The state government has also organised two separate Jangalmahal Cups for women and men.

A few months back a football tournament for women was organised in Purulia’s Kashipur Assembly constituency. It was an initiative of local legislator Swapan Belthariya. Based on the overwhelming response, the state government decided to set up a women’s football academy at Kashipur.

The construction work for the academy is now underway. Funds and seven acres of land for the academy has been received. Preliminary work of land-levelling has started.

The football tournaments helped the district administration to reach out to the people living in far-flung areas of the district. It helped to build a good rapport with them. They have actually shunned the path of violence and joined the mainstream.

For years, Jangalmahal witnessed insurgency orchestrated by the Maoists. The region had recorded about 350 killings between 2010 and early-2011, but it witnessed none since 2012.

The Mamata Banerjee-led state government also announced rehabilitation packages for the rebels and announced that the entire region would come under the purview of ‘Below Poverty Level’ category so that the villagers can enjoy certain benefits like purchasing rice at a concessional rate of Rs 2.

Bengal’s Integrated Textile Development project to attract around Rs 37,000 crore

The West Bengal Government is hoping to attract around Rs 37,000 crore in the state through 10 Textile Clusters or Parks under Integrated Textile Development project over the next three years.

The project, on PPP model, will provide employment to 6-10 lakh people and incur a total investment of Rs 37,000 crore. The infrastructure, development and expenditure part of these projects will be about Rs 9,159 crore.

These parks, involving hosiery, ready-made garments and knitting, will come up at Barasat, Bankura, Metiabruz, Uluberia, Salt Lake, among other places. Most of the investments will be from private sector.

Meanwhile, six artisans from Bengal will be able to showcase their produce in France in a project under the supervision of UNESCO.

Progress of Bengal will not be halted because of funds: WB CM

Speaking at a public meeting in Raipur in Bankura district, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that in spite of the huge debt burden imposed on the State Government by the past Left Government, she did not let the developmental works in Bengal come to a standstill.

The Chief Minister said that a major portion of the State’s revenues are being spent to pay the debt incurred by the Left, before 2011. There is acute shortage of funds for developmental works, she said. In spite of the financial burden, the Trinamool Government had kept the process of developmental works unhindered.

From Raipur, the Chief Minister inaugurated 24 projects and laid foundation stones for another 55. She said that the next time she visits, she will inaugurate those, of which the foundation stones have been laid.

The Chief Minister said that in the past four years she had held 84 administrative meetings in the districts. She said that the atmosphere of Jangalmahal has changed and the fear factor that once ruled the area has vanished. She reiterated that peace prevails in Jangalmahal and without peace, development cannot take place.

The Chief Minister said the previous government had distributed on 12,000 pattas in three years while the present Government in four years have already distributed over 3 lakh pattas. She announced that girl students studying between classes VIII to X, who numbers 40 lakhs in Bengal, will be given bicycles.

She said that the payment for 100 Days’ Work scheme has already been released but many places in rural Bengal do not have banks which result in delays.  The Chief Minister also informed that 3.2 crore people in Jangalmahal area are being supplied rice at Rs 2/kg. She announced that besides Bankura, fair price medicine shops are being set up at Khatra and Sonamukhi.

The Chief Minister informed that in spite of the Centre slashing 50% funds in ICDS and other such schemes, the State Government is still carrying on those projects at its own cost.

TMC wins hung civic bodies in Bankura, Murshidabad

The hung civic body in Dhuliyan in Murshidabad was taken over by the Trinamool as three BJP councillors, two CPI councillors and one Independent councillor of Dhuliyan today joined the Trinamul.

In Bankura too, four Independents today joined the Trinamul, which would allow the party, which got 12 seats, to form the board.

Workshops for councillors

The Chairperson announced that workshops for party workers would be held at the level of the KMC, at all municipalities and also for gram panchayats, panchayat samities and zilla parishads.

She asked the mayor Sovan Chatterjee, Municipal affairs minister Firad Hakim and state rural and panchayat affairs minister Subrata Mukherjee to complete the workshops before 21 July.