December 24, 2012
Chief Minister inaugurates Milan Mela 2012, says West Bengal ranks first in development of minority community among Indian states
West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee inaugurated Milan Mela 2012 at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata.
Speaking on this occasion the Chief Minister congratulated the Minority office for putting up a good work and said, `I want the Minority office to work more for the development of the minority community. Please try to explore more employment opportunity for the unemployed`.
The Chief Minister said, `The incentives for minority community girl students have been raised to Rs. 1,50,000 from Rs. 69,211 during the 2009-10 fiscal year. Similarly, the pre-matric scholarship for the minority community has been raised to Rs. 14 lakh from Rs. 2,38,271in 2009-10 fiscal year` The post matric in this category has been raised to Rs. 1,76,222 from Rs. 75,660 in 2009-10 fiscal year`. The amount paid on grants under various categories has also been raised considerably.
She said that the West Bengal Government has sanctioned Rs. 200 crore towards `Adhikar Prokolpo` where poor people from minority community who do not have `Below Poverty Line` (BPL) cards will be given Rs. 45,000 for housing. She also mentioned that the Government was taking serious interest in constituting Aganwadi across villages and districts.
The Chief Minister reiterated her stand and said under no circumstances the Government will compromise on the Land Sealing issue and will not give the land under Wakf Board. She said that West Bengal ranks first when it comes to development of the minority community among all the states in the country. `We are constructing 18-Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) and eight-polytechnics`, said the Chief Minister.
The Chief Minister mentioned the self help group and complimented the artisans working in these groups, `I have seen so many wonderful artifacts made by our artisans especially in the villages. I would like to mention some of the works are so well crafted that they can earn really well outside the country. I want the artisans to earn proper money for their art works. I will not be astonished if they earn 5,00,000 rupees for the object which they sell for 5,000 rupees in India but they need a good market where they can sell their products`. She in this context referred to the projects the Government has undertaken at Santiniketan and Bolpur.
The Chief Minister greeted all on the eve of Christmas Day.