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August 30, 2012

Chief Minister addresses gathering at Itahar, announces packages and projects

Chief Minister addresses gathering at Itahar, announces packages and projects
West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee on the second day of her district tour reached Itahar in the afternoon where she addressed a gathering at Itahar High School Park. The venue was filled with people and many took position on trees just to have a glimpse of their favourite Chief Minister.

Chief Minister requested the crowd to remain calm and maintain discipline. In her unique way of communication she said, `I would request my youth friends to maintain order as only then you will be able to listen to me and I will request you today and always to stand beside sisters and mothers as it is your duty to respect and protect their dignity`. I know many of you have come from far off places, I have no words to express my gratitude to you, I am really grateful. I too have come from far off place just to interact with you all. I know you all my strength. 

Ms. Mamata Banerjee inaugurated many railway projects and distributes SC/ST, OBC certificates and Patta. She also gave away crutches and wheelchairs to the handicap people. Chief Minister requested people to avail advantage of the Samajik Mukti card, Kisan Credit Card and Employment since these programmes are made to benefit people. She asked them to contact the administrative officials to know more on the schemes. `I am moving from district to district and carrying entire Writers� Building with me, I feel Writers� should come to people rather people going there`, said Chief Minister who added, `We have taken the initiative to issue Kisan Credit Cards to farmers and you will be happy to know that till now we have issued 1,80,000 Kisan Credit Cards. I will request all the farmers to enlist their names with the crop insurance. In this scheme you do not suffer if your crops are destroyed as the insurance will take care of your loss. Remember the farmer is not required to pay anything since the premium is being paid by the state government. 

She said that there are plans to build nearly 10,000 Madrasa, `I was surprised to know that there is a criteria to have minimum three-acres of land to open a Madrasa but I refused to agree as I may open a school in a small place also provided my intention are honest`, said Ms. Banerjee who informed that there will be a Minority Bhawan across all blocks in the state. She requested all to maintain communal harmony in the state during the Durga Puja and Bakhri Eid which will take place almost at the same time. `Remember both Hindu and Muslim are brother and sisters, I will put it this way suppose 30-Hindus and 30-Muslims donate blood. After it goes to blood bank, can you differentiate between the two`, smiled Chief Minister. 

I am very happy that the farmers in the state had got good price for their crops. Those farmers who would sell their potatoes for rupees two per kilogram are now getting near about rupees eight for the same quantity. This was due to the touts involved in forwarding trading. I want to inform those who are saying ill about the Trinamool Congress and saying that prices are soaring high, let me tell then it is in Bengal on ly wher you can buy potatoes for rupees eight per kilogram where as in all other states the prices are rupees 24 per kilogram. I also would like to ask which city takes the initiative to build a task force to monitor the price inflation in market. .

We have taken initiative to build three-universities one in the name of Panchanan Barma in Cooch Behar, second one on the name of Kazi Nazrul in Asansol and third Kazi, the CPI(M) during their 35-years of rule could build only one-university in private. We have also taken initiative to extend the age-limit from 32 to 40 years in case of employment and the for Tapasili community the limit is upto 45 years. We have introduced 17 per cent reservation for OBC and out of this nearly 80 per cent is reserved for the minority community. We have made Urdu speaking where there is 10 percent. We are giving subsidy to Imams. 

Previously the CPI(M) did not bother to pay any respect to the personalities in the field of art and culture but our government have started the trend of paying tributes to these great men. There is stadium in the name of Dwijendralal Roy, Rabi Tirtha in the name Rabindranath Tagore and Nazrul Tirtha in the name of Kazi Nazrul. `I was surprised to see that the previous government did not even care to build any institution on Kazi nazrul Islam and I decided to build Nazrul Tirtha and also an University on his name in Asansol. Imagine, CPI(M) made three universities in 35-years and we have constructed three universities in one-year`, said Chief Minister.

Chief Minister inaugurated a girls hostel and Industrial Estate at Islampur. She also laid foundation stone of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Bidyalaya at Itahar-Durgapur, Hemtabad. ITI at Gowalpokhar, a model school at Karandighi, a bus-stand at Hemtabad. Five bridges at Gowalpokar, Hemtabad, Chopra, Itahar respectively.