July 10, 2012
Chief Minister in North Bengal on a five-day visit and reviews situation at district-review-meeting, Announces a series of projects
West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee on a five-day district visit to North Bengal. Chief Minister took personal initiative to know the ground realities and understand the problems faced by the people across the districts. `I have come to know the problems and difficulties that you all face in managing the administration and I will appreciate if you tell me all the issues as only then I will be able to understand and try to resolve them. I will come again and take stock of the situation`, were the words of the Chief Minister during her last visit and to mark her words, not even a year has gone by she is already on reviewing visits to districts.
Chief Minister began the schedule with her visit to Barasat last week when she reiterated her stand and said that administration will have to reach out to the masses as only then development is possible and urged the administration to be more humane and interactive. It was on this occasion while talking to PRESS the Chief Minister informed that she was in Barasat under her district visit schedule and will be in North Bengal from Tuesday, `I will be in Jalpaiguri on July 10th and will be visiting Cooch Behar on July 11th and subsequently to other districts, I have said before and maintain you cannot run government from Writyers` Building rather need to get interactive and visit the districts`, said Ms. Mamata Banerjee at Barasat.
On Tuesday, Chief Minister began her five-days district tour and reached Bagdogra airport where she interacted with the people waiting to have a glimpse of their favourite Didi. Immediately after this she left for Jalpaiguri where Ms. Banerjee convened a meeting with the district administration at the Art Complex. Issues like health and education was discussed in the meeting which was attended by 21-administrative officials.
`These places have remained deprived of higher education facilities and we have taken initiatives to introduce more polytechnics and ITI here. Chief Minister said that state have sanctioned three-crore rupees for a model village and one point five crore for building an electric crematorium apart from development of roads. There will be also three-medical-colleges on the public private partnership (PPP) module. `We have sanctioned five-crore each for building a college for girls at Dhupguri and Rajganj. We have also plans to build ITI for which we have also sanctioned five-crore`, said Chief Minister who add ed `We have decided to upgrade some of the higher secondary schools to senior secondary schools`.
Chief Minister also stressed on the need to enable the boys and girls to have better education facilities. She informed that the state government will build more collages in the district and will see that the students get all the facilities, `I have brought Bratya Basu alongwith me on this tour, he will take care of the education aspect and will have talks with concerned departments`, said the Chief Minister. The state government has sanctioned 18-crore rupees for roads and other civic amenities. `We will also take up the tourism seriously and I have already sanctioned considerably amount for the same. I want my Hills to develop as they have been depressed for a long time.
Ms. Banerjee however expressed her dissatisfaction over the poor condition of National Highway Road No. 31 and 34 said, `I am concerned and aggrieved over the poor roads. We have called a representative of the National Highway Authority and he will be having a detailed discussion with my Chief Secretary as I want to resolve this issue immediately. We are doing what ever possible in the state and I am myself following the working of this office but here we are bound by protocol. We could have done it ourselves but we are bound by protocols as this comes under the Central Government`, added an aggrieved Chief Minister. Apart from that Chief Minister reiterated her stand to give rice two-rupees a kilo to the labours of the tea gardens. `We have planned to open kisan mandis in the Hills`, said Ms. Banerjee.
`I have never differentiated between the plains and Hills as I personally consider all are a same famil, both of them are like two sisters. I want both the sisters to stay happy and peaceful. I want both to flourish` said Ms. Banerjee quoting the famous lines from Rabindranath Tagore, `Bangla r maati, Bangla r jol, Bangla r bayu, Bangla r phol…punno hok, punno hok, punno hok he Bhogoban` (hail the land of Bengal, may the land, water, wind and fruits of this soil flourish…may God bestow with His blessings upon the motherland)
Incidentally, the Chief Minister before leaving for her visit to North Bengal she signed a file giving her nod over recruitment of 5000 young boys and girls in the Home Guard services in the Jangalmahal. The initiative a positive step taken in the direction to bring back those youth to the mainstream who had alienated or became a part of the separatists groups. This will be in addition to existing to 10,000 Home Guards in the region.
Chief Minister will be leaving for Cooch Behar later in the evening. This will be her first visit to Cooch Behar after becoming Chief Minister of the state. Ms. Banerjee will be staying at the Cooch Behar at night and will convene an administrative meeting in the morning. The Chief Minister will preside over series of programmes and will unveil projects at Cooch Behar. However, the Chief Minister informed that she will be going to Kalimpong from Cooch Behar and participate in the function organized on the occasion of birth anniversary of the noted poet Bhanu Bhakta.