September 28, 2012
Chief Minister announces series of projects, 17 fair-price-medicine shops in the state
West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee on Friday convened a district-review-meeting with the Howrah District Administration at the New Collectorate Building.
The meeting which lasted for nearly two-hours was attended by all the representatives of the district administration. The Chief Minister interacted with all the officials and took stock of the development work in the district. `I have brought Writers` Building alongwith me and I assure you development in the area and this exactly what I told the administrative officials during the meeting I had with them before coming to meet you`, said West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee.
She expressed happiness over the security and safety after the opening of the Commissionerate in Howrah. The Chief Minister left for ITC Grounds in Birshibpur in Uluberia to address a public gathering.
Chief Minister Ms. Banerjee announced a series of projects like the Kisan Credit Cards, Patta, Samajik Mukti Card, scholarship and stipend for minority students, honorarium for Imams and Muazzins, Kisan Mandi with cold storage and warehouse facility, a new Howrah district administrative office, hostel for Muslim girls, tourism centre in Howrah, upgrading of 14 secondary schools to higher secondary school. ` We have taken the initiative to issue Kisan Credit Cards to farmers and will request all the farmers to enlist their names with the crop insurance. Remember the farmer is not required to pay anything since the premium is being paid by the state government`, said the Chief Minister. She said that they have already distributed 40,000 Kisan Credit Cards and will be completing rest of the 70,000 shortly.
The Chief Minister who had toured the district in November last year expressed her happiness over the development work going on in full swing, `I feel happy to see that most of the projects that we had discussed during my last meeting are either complete or on the verge of completion`, added the Chief Minister. During her previous visit she had announced a medical college and a 300-bed ESI Hospital would be set up in Uluberia. Six cluster industries, including zari and jewellery, will also come up in the district, the chief minister said. An office of the minority affairs department. She also said steps would be taken to check the `recurring floods` in Udaynarayanpur and Amta. `These two blocks get flooded whenever there is excess release of water from the dams of the Damodar Valley Corporation. We will ask the DVC to modernize their infrastructure so that they can hold more water in their reservoirs.`
`We will have more nursing schools in the district and I will also suggest the boys to take training too`, said Chief Minister. There will be nine mother and child hub and two-sick newborn care units (SNCU). Also there are plans to upgrade various hospitals and increase the beds to accommodate more patients. `We are also planning to open 17 fair price medicine shops across the state where people will be able to purchase medicines at a nominal price which will be atleast 60 per cent less than what they pay at the outside shops`, added Chief Minister who expressed her concern over the growing prices of essential medicines.
`We have introduced bio-metric module in case of 100-days and have issued them smart cards. Those with these cards can easily avail of the facilities and we will also introduce similar cards for those who will enroll in these banks. Also we will issue such cards for `Samajik Mukti Card`.
She also requested the Welfare Development Offices across the districts to ensure that the unemployed youth in their districts should get the advantage of this project and enroll themselves with the banks.
Ms. Mamata Banerjee requested the people to give one-katha (approximately 720 square foot or 1/20 of a Bigha) land where the state government could start Aganwadi Centre, `I want just one-katha land where we can open the Aganwadi Centre and I assure you that the State government will have no objection in naming the Centre in anybody`s name you desire. In this way you can dedicate the centre to your near and dear ones or even any eminent personality. We can start the Centre at the earliest since we are short of place`, said Chief Minister.
The Chief Minister asked the women to come forward and participate in Panchayet elections in large numbers, `I want a large number of participation from your side in the Panchayet elections since I feel if more and more women will come forward then they can hold their issues in front of the society. We have approved 50 per cent reservation to women`. She requested the men to help the women in this regard. `We have also increased the subsidy from 20 per cent to 30 per cent for those working in self-help groups`, added Ms. Banerjee.
`We are planning to develop a tourism centre in Howrah`, said the Chief Minister.
She requested the people from the minority community especially those who are interested in starting Madrasa to get themselves registered at Minority office in the district, `There was a criteria for registration earlier as one needed three to four acres lands to start a Madras but we have made amendments the procedure and now you can open Madras within whatever space and resources you have`, said Chief Minister who also informed that the State government was planning to open Madrasa which will impart education through English medium.
Chief Minister greeted happy and prosperous Durga Puja and Eid Mubarak in advance.