December 3, 2012
Chief Minister announces series of projects at Purulia, holds meeting with district officials
West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee convened a district-review-meeting with the Purulia District Administration at Purulia Circuit House. The Chief Minister had a long discussion with all the officials and took stock of the development work taken place in all perspectives in the district. She said said the MLAs have requested her to build a law college in Purulia, `I have told them to prepare papers and documents in this regard. We will consider their demand`, said the Chief Minister.
`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. We will build two supper specialty hospitals in Purilia and Raghunathpur respectively. It will take some time but once it is ready you will not have to travel all the way to Vellore for treatment`, said the Chief Minister. She also referred to a Homeopathic College that was derecognized by the Central Government in the recent years, `I have asked the administrative officials to prepare details. I want to reopen that college`. The Chief Minister said all the blocks in the district will have an Industrial Training Institutes (ITI).
The Chief Minister addressed a public meeting at Hutmura School grounds in Purulia immediately after the district meeting and announced a series of projects. `We have brought entire Writers` Building alongwith me. Earlier you had to travel all the way to Kolkata to take your difficulties to the administration. I am committed to the development in the State and assure you that development will come and make way for more employment`, said West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee.
The Chief Minister announced a series of projects like the Kisan Credit Cards, Patta, Samajik Mukti Card, scholarship and stipend for minority students, Kisan Mandi with cold storage and warehouse facility, `We will give 30,000 hand carts with trays to poor farmers which will enable them to carry the loads of vegetables and crops easily`. She also informed that the State Government was planning to provide these farmers who will enroll with Kisan Credit Card scheme with warehouses. Farmers find it difficult to store the produced but after this it will enable them to store safely. `I want my poor farmers to adopt modern ways of farming and this will happen only if latest technology is used. The State Government has decided give 10,000 to 45,000 rupees towards loan to purchase tractors and other technological equipments`, added the Chief Minister.
The Chief Minister also announced a grant of 8,000 rupees towards the first deposit expenses for taking electricity connection to run pump sets for irrigation purpose. She said that this was done to ease the burden on the poor farmers as they are unable to afford diesel in the wake of excessive price hike of fuel by the Central Government in past few months`, she said.
She also announced her plans to construct a Laakh research centre in the area, `There is one in India under Central Government but I want to develop one in Bengal on our own`, she said.
`I want to develop Bengal into a tourism hub and we have already taken up various projects in this direction. I know the State has immense prospects from hills to sea to forests. There was a time when people used top throng Ayodhha Hills for trekking but eventually due to terrorism it completely stopped. After our initiative to restore peace and harmony across the region, we can now think of taking positive steps in this direction an d would like to build this region into a tourism hub`, said the Chief Minister. `I always make it a point to include Chhau Dance wherever we have cultural programmes. I want entire world to know of the rich culture and tradition of performing arts that our State can boast off`, added the Chief Minister 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.
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 Panchayat elections since I feel if more and more women will come forward then they can hold their issues in front of the society. She mentioned the Craft Bazar which will come up at Shantiniketan in Bolpur where the local artisans can both showcase and sell their finished products. The Chief Minister also praised the districts for their beautiful handicraft and art works.