April 4, 2016
Jangalmahal on the way to prosperity
The Trinamool Congress Government created the Paschimanchal Unnayan Affairs Department to enable the benefits of developmental work to reach the people of the Jangalmahal region.
Over the five years of its being in existence, the department has taken up developmental work in 74 backward blocks, including in 23 left wing extremism (LWE)-affected blocks spread over five districts in south Bengal.
A total of Rs 608.69 crore has been spent on the region during 2011-15, compared to only Rs 160.37 crore during 2007-11.
Here are some of the developmental projects undertaken:
- Construction of RCC (reinforced cement concrete) bridge in Jharukhamar over the Purulia-Barakar road at an estimated cost of Rs.2.53 crore
- Drinking water schemes in 11 LWE blocks in Paschim Medinipur
- Strengthening of five roads – from Rampurhat to Dumka, from Suri to Mohammad Bazar, from Khagra to Joydev, from Bolpur to Illambazar and from Suri to Rajnagar
- Mini barrage over Kana Ajoy River in Bolpur block, Birbhum district
- Nine water purifier plants in different BPHC/RH in Paschim Medinipur at an estimated cost of Rs 2,48,10,939
- Construction of a vocational training centre and a men’s hostel in Sarenga in Bankura district, for the poor people of the area
- Infrastructure development of Silda Chandra Sekhar College in Paschim Medinipur district at a cost of Rs 2.37 crore
- Upgrading of Raipur Rural Hospital in Raipur block, Bankura district at an estimated cost of Rs.3.84 crore
- Three nutrition rehabilitation centres (NRC) in Bari, Bandwan and Sirkabad block primary health centres (BPHC) in Purulia district
- Extension of sick newborn care unit (SNCU) and gynaecology and maternity ward at Deben Mahato Sadar Hospital
- Scheme for conducting regular medical camps in Paschim Medinipur, Purulia and Bankura district
- Construction of blood bank at Khatra SD Hospital complex in Bankura district, at a cost of Rs 75.87 lakh
The way the region has developed over the last almost five years has never been achieved before. The people of Jangalmahal are smiling as they are now at par with the rest of West Bengal in terms of all types of schemes and projects being made available for them.