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September 13, 2013

`Hotasha bhango, jibon goro` – Mamata Banerjee at Kolaghat

`Hotasha bhango, jibon goro` – Mamata Banerjee at Kolaghat
West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee on Friday was on her fourth day of district visit. She is on a tour of the districts to gather first-hand knowledge about the progress of various state government projects. She has already completed the tours of North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas and Howrah. On Friday she visited Purba Medinipur.
She held a high-level review meeting with the top officials of the Purba Medinipur district administration. Mamata Banerjee held the meeting with the Sabhadipati, District Magistrate, Superintendent of Police, all the Sub-Divisional Officers, Block Development Officers, and Ministers. In the meeting the Chief Minister reviewed the progress of the various development schemes in the district and the work of the district administration.
After the meeting with the top district administration officials, Ms Banerjee held a public meeting and announced a slew of projects in the district. She announced that the Moyna-Tamluk road, the road to Digha, a popular tourist resort would be widened. Ms Banerjee announced many flood control measures to taken up to control flood in the district.
Mamata Banerjee also expressed unhappiness over the delay by Centre in giving environmental clearance to the proposed eco-tourism project at Nayachar in Purba Medinipur district. Demanding immediate clearance for the project, she said that the Rs 268-crore project had the potential to generate employment for 10,000 people. “We have proposed an eco-tourism project at Nayachar. But it is held up due to non-availability of environmental clearance from the Centre. We are trying for the project to be cleared immediately. There is a meeting scheduled for Sept. 20 in this regard. It would give a fillip to industrial development in the region, “ she said at the rally.
She also said that the state government would build the necessary infrastructure like housing, hospital and schools in the region for fishermen and their family.
She announced that the state government had received a grant and an assurance for Rs 1,300 crore from the Centre for the Ghatal Master plan. The project, set to be executed in the Purba and Paschim Midinipur districts, is designed for drainage- cum-flood control. “If time is lost, everything is lost,“ she said.
Encouraging the youth of the region she said, “no struggle goes unrewarded. Accept every challenge and excel in whatever you do. Nobody can keep you from reaching the top even if you start from the bottom as long as you keep excelling. I always say `hotasha bhango, jibon goro`. You are the future of Bengal. I think hotasha bhango, jibon goro should be the slogan for our scheme for the unemployed. The government will give Rs 1,500 a month to 1 lakh unemployed youths registered with the state`s employment bank.“
The Chief Minister also distributed bicycles to some students in the meeting.