January 19, 2013
Chief Minister addresses public gathering at Amdanga, announces `Mati Utsav` to take place in February
West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee addressed a public meeting at Amdanga in North 24-Parganas on Friday. This was the second consecutive meeting of the day as she held a public meeting at Nadia as a part of her district tour. `I love the smell of the village and I prefer to run the State from villages in contrast to the maharajas of Bengal ruled the State for 34-years`, said the Chief Minister who greeted Happy New Year and Makar Sankranti to all.
Speaking on this occasion she reiterated that districts have great significance and it was impossible to ascertain actual situation prevailing across districts by sitting at Writers` Building in Kolkata. `I have always maintained that there is a need to connect to the people as only then one would be able to understand problems and difficulties in order to explore solution. I prefer in carrying mini Writers` with me`, said the Chief.
`I have just addressed a public meeting at Nadia and I do not want to repeat what I had said at Nadia. Let me address other issues instead`, said the Chief Minister. We have already constructed Minority offices across districts and will soon complete the work in other districts too. We have constituted an Employment Bank and I would request my brothers and sisters to enroll their names irrespective of educational qualifications. The Chief Minister announces 25-lakh rupees to Amdanga High School for infrastructural development and a grant of 50-lakh rupees for Amadanga hospital.
The Chief Minister requested men to come forward and protect the women in the area. She requested them to regard the women as sisters, `I want you to regard every female as your sister and protect their dignity. I am sure you will not keep silent if someone dared to pass lewd comments or molest your sisters. I know you would teach them a lesson instead then why you are keeping silent. I pass on the responsibility of protection the dignity of women and I know you will not disappoint me`.
`I have an idea which I would like to share with you all here today, I have been mulling over this sometime. We will hold `Mati Utsav` at Panagarh in Burdwan district every year in February. The fair will showcase everything related to soil`, said the Chief Minister. The fair will focus on everything which is related to soil like process of paddy to husk and even the village schools`, added the Chief Minister.
The Chief Minister gave away Kisan Credit Card, patta under Nijo Bhumi Nijo Griho to homeless people. She said that the Trinamool Congress has done immense in the field of development work within a short span. She distributed bicycles to school girls and scholarships to students. Kisan Credit Cards, Samajik Mukti Cards, Artisan Cards were also distributed.