West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee on Monday laid the foundation stone of the Minority Medical College and Multispeciality Hospital in joint venture with the West Bengal State Minority Department and Health Department at Bhangar in South 24-Parganas. On this occasion the Chief Minister gave away KIsan Credit Crads, `Patta` to homeless under the Nijo Bhumi, Nijo Griho schenme and Gitanjali scheme, bicycles to minority girl students, fishing net and basket to fishermen, cheques under Indira Awas Yojna, Swami Vivekananda Shonirbhor Kormoshogosthan Prokolpo, National Family Health Scheme, grants for construction of new school building and hand cart to farmers so that they can fetch their vegetables and produced smoothly.
The Chief Minister said that the Minority Medical College and Multispeciality Hospital will be constructed on 20 acres of land. The hospital will have 750-beds equipped with all the basic facilities. Nearly 150-medical students will be able to study here. Apart from that this place will also impart training to dental, nursing, pharmacy, laboratory training to students. `I am happy that my brothers and sisters who reside in this part of Bengal and who have spent their life struggling will now have access to better medical facilities. Those residing in places like Sondeshkhali, Bhangar, Sonarpur, Binaki, Baruipur will be able to avail of the best medical treatment at this place`, she added.
The State Government wants to build the Minority Medical College and Multispeciality Hospital on the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) module but if nobody comes forward then it would allocate the rest of the money as the State Government does not want to keep this project pending, `I have already given 45 crores rupees for the construction of the building`, said Chief Minister.
Speaking on this occasion she said, `We have increased the seats in medicine to 1800 which was 1250 since past 60-years including 35-years of Left rule. I have plans to increase the seats by 100 this year, this will make 1900 seats. I am sure this is enough to explain that Bengal is developing at a fast pace`.
`I will come again on February 18th when I will inaugurate the women university at Diamond Harbour. Also I will inaugurate an arsenic free drinking water project at Buj Buj, which is a big project. Apart from that our government is constructing 25-multipurpose cyclone centre where 22,000 people can stay during the time of natural calamities`, said the Chief Minister.