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January 7, 2015

Social sector development: Bengal shows the way

Social sector development: Bengal shows the way

Health Care, Education and Skill Development are core sectors where West Bengal made rapid progress in the last three years. The State, under the new Government had to revive and restructure the total infrastructure which had become almost non-existent. With continued efforts, the State made rapid progress by rebuilding the existing projects and creating newer avenues.

Health, Education, Skill development are also the focus areas for the Bengal Global Summit 2014, here is what the Government achieved in the last 3 years.


  • 34 multi speciality hospital being set up. Works for 13 hospitals have already started.
  • More than 63 fair price shops have been opened, discounts are provided at a range of 48% to 72%. More than 52 lakh people have benefitted. 47 fair price diagnostic centres have also been opened.
  • The number of Sick Newborn Care Units (SNCUs) have increased from 6 to 37 and the 198 new Sick Newborn Stabilisation units (SNSUs) have been set up.
  • The number of beds in Government has been increased by 10,000.
  • The number of medical seats for students (MBBS and Dental) has been doubled. 3 new medical colleges have being set up at Kamarhati, Malda and Murshidabad.
  • There has been a decrease of 20% in mortality rate of mothers during childbirth and institutional delivery has risen to 79%.
  • The percentage of the malnourished children of the total enrolled has decreased from 47.52% (2009-10) to 22.94% (2013-14).



  • 6 new universities are being opened up. Second campus of the North Bengal University is being set up.
  • 31 new government colleges and 14 new private colleges are in the process of being set up. It should be noted that in the last 67 years, only 38 government colleges have been established.
  • The government has provided financial assistance to 46,672 students who are meritorious yet economically challenged.
  • The government has introduced the system of online admission and counselling to JEE students and online admissions for colleges are also being introduced.
  • A total of 1881 schools have been established and 1626 schools have been upgraded. A total of 40,113 additional classrooms have been constructed.
  • Under the Mid-day meal scheme, afternoon meals have been made available to 99% primary school and 98% higher primary schools.
  • Almost 50,000 people have been appointed in primary and secondary sections.
  • Toilets have been constructed in 98% of the schools across the state and separate toilets for girls constructed in 82% of the schools.
  • Computer and allied devices have been supplied to 2600 Madhyamik and Higher Secondary schools.


Skill Development

  • The state obtained first place for the first time in All India Skill Contest 2013.
  • Under the leadership of the Hon’ble Chief Minister, West Bengal Skill Development Mission has been formed to develop technical and job-oriented skills.
  • To ensure development of technical skills, the West Bengal State Council of Technical and Vocational Education and Skill Development Act, 2013 has been passed.
  • One new ITI will be established in each block of the state. 38 new ITIs have already been established and seats have been increased by 3700. Apart from this, 88 new government ITIs are being established.
  • As a result of Paschimbanga Swanirbhar Shahayak Prakalpo, nearly total 1 lakh 47 thousand nos. of groups have been benefited and subsidy of over 24 crore given in a scheme for reducing loans of the self-help groups
  • Number of beneficiaries under the Swami Vivekananda Swanirbhar Karmasansthan Prokalpo, over the last two and half years is almost 78 thousand. Total outlay of project Rs. 1,715 crore Govt. grant Rs. 396 crore and employment generated in this project is for 2,93,827 people.
  • Rs 8.12 crore has been spent to train producers of self-employment projects with the objective to develop the standard of their items. Through 91 special training camps, 2660 local unemployed youth have been given training in different fields with the objective to make the people of Jangalmahal self-sufficient through increase in their earnings.
  • The work for construction of Training and Marketing Centre for the development of rural infrastructure at Nilgunj, Minakhan, Dhamakhali of 24 Pgs (N), Durgapur, Khandaghosh and Madhabdihi of Burdwan has been completed. Beside, work for construction of Training and Marketing Centres at New Town, Rajarhat of Kolkata, Ruipukur of Nadia, Phuljhor of Burdwan and the office of the District Collector of Paschim Medinipur is going on.
  • Construction of hostels for girl students is going on in 25 polytechnic colleges. Various MOUs have been signed with Raymond, Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industries, ILFS, FUCCU, ASSOCHAM, Security Sector Skill Development Council (SSSDC) and others which will train more than 1 lakh people on various sector.
  • Training under Skill Development Initiative Scheme (Modular Employable Skills): An additional 1,05,000 people have been trained since 2011 under Skill Development Initiative Scheme. Training of 13,500 people has been initiated in backward areas including blocks in the border areas.


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