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May 18, 2012

Talking Points on few achievements of the new government during the first year…

Talking Points on few achievements of the new government during the first year…

Return of forcibly acquired land in Singur

The disputed Singur land has already been taken back by the new government. `Singur Land Rehabilitation & Development Act` has been enacted to retrieve the land forcibly taken from the farmers by the erstwhile government. The issue is sub-judice now. The government is making all efforts to resolve the issue at the earliest.

No more forcible acquisition of land

Government has adopted a new land use policy. There will be no `forcible acquisition of land`.

A land bank to ensure better utilization of the land are being formulated by the new government. A land use map is being prepared.

Support to farmers to grow more crops

Institutional finance arranged through `Kishan` credit cards at very low interest. Seven lac KCCs issued.

20 lac tons higher production of cereals has been achieved than the previous year.

For the first time, more than 20 lac tons of paddy has been procured at minimum support price (msp) against cheque payments to the farmers.

341 Kishan Mandis being created.

341 cold stores to be established.

Improvement in law enforcement

Four new police commissionerates have been created.

65 police stations with Staffs comprising of only ladies planned; 10 already opened.

19 new human rights courts in 19 districts established and 6 CBI courts established.

With the effective duel strategy adopted by the new government, violence has decreased substantially in the Jangal Mahal areas. The number of violent incidents during June `11 and April `12 has drastically reduced to 13 from 183 during the corresponding period in the previous year.

Better health care

34 new super specialty hospitals to be opened.

7 new health districts being created ` 2 completed.

20 new sick newborn care units opened and 20 more to be opened.

New employment opportunities created

15 crore job days created in MGNREGA.

3 lac job opportunities created in private sector and industries.

2.85 lac job opportunities created in government sector.

Additional 1.25 lac jobs in small scale industries sector.

Age eligibility for government jobs enhanced from 32 year to 40 years for general caste; 42 years to 45 years for SCs and STs and 40 to 43 years for OBCs.

Employment bank is being created.


`Samajik Mukti` cards are being issued for unorganized sector work forces.


Under MGNREGA, super performance leading to increased man days ` average 33 man-days could be created.

Due to initiative of the new government, the daily task, i.e. Head load of soil has been reduced from 89 cft. to 66 cft. per person under MGNREGA.

Under `Jal Dharo Jal Bharo` programme, 18,500 ponds already excavated. Target has been fixed to excavate 50,000 ponds in 5 years.

Improved power generation and supply

For the first time, the state has experienced round the clock power surplus situation in the summer on sustained basis.

Unprecedented care for minorities

10,000 madrasahs to be recognized.

Monthly honorarium of Rs. 2500 to Imams and Rs. 1000 to Muazins to be paid through Wakf board.

19 new Minority Bhavans to be opened in 19 districts.

For a new Haj Tower, 5 acres land has been allotted.

For new campus of the Aliah University, 20 acres has been allotted to Rajarhat.

Minority scholarship and stipend given to a record number of 17 lac students involving Rs. 270 crores compared to only 4.1 lac last year involving rs. 66 crore- a four fold increase.

OBC reservation extended to 33 more sub-categories of minority OBC.

Education facilities improved

1492 new primary schools being opened.

2522 new upper primary schools being established.

1400 schools being upgraded from secondary to higher secondary.

New educational institutions planned:

2 new universities at Cooch Behar & South 24-Pgs.

Four engineering colleges.

8 general degree colleges.

5 model degree colleges.

98 number of ITIs and 15 number of polytechnics being opened.



Care for SC & STs

Average time of issue of caste certificate reduced from 2 months to 15 days only.

Record number of SC/ST caste certificates issued-over 6 lakh last year compared to 3.2 Lac during the previous year.

All 19 districts will have new SC/ ST Bhavans.

`Bandi Mukti`

A state level review committee was formed for review of release of political prisoners. The committee has recommended release of 52 political prisoners out of which, 40 political prisoners have been released. Those cases which were politically motivated, especially in Nandigram and Singur, have been indentified and recommendation for withdrawal has already been implemented in many cases.

 In addition, 42 prisoners who remained behind the bar for more than 18 years have been released.

Cure for heritage, worthy sons of bengal and culture

150th birth anniversaries of kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore and Swami Vivekananda being celebrated in grand scale.

For the first time, the new government has recognized the worthy sons of Bengal by facilitating them with Banga Bibhusan, Banga Bhusan, Banga Ratna, Banga Maha Sangeet Samman, Banga Sangeet Samman.

Two new film cities being set up at Uttarpara and Siliguri(Dabgram).

Technician studio is being revamped.

The Basumati press has been revived.

Journalists Benevolent Fund created for distressed journalists.

Pension for poor and distressed artists created


E-governance for transparency

The new government has introduced e-governance, e-tendering, e-tax, e-procurement to ensure transparency in government business.

Rs. 95,000 crore worth of investment attracted towards Bengal

Digitized ration cards being introduced.


Enhanced care for women

50% reservation for women ensured in Panchayati Raj system.

730 days child care leave for women government employees introduced in West Bengal for the first time.

Women & child development & social welfare

Intensive efforts to fill up vacant posts of other ICDs projects and Anganwadi centers in the state.

Increasing honorarium of AWWs from Rs. 3850/- to Rs. 4350/- and for AWHs from Rs. 2350/- to Rs. 2850/-

Increase amount of scholarship for physically challenged students from Rs. 100/- to Rs. 300/- per months, by which nearly 5000 beneficiaries will be benefited.

Special care for the poor & affected

New night shelters are being opened for urban homeless.

Pattas are being given to landless families.

Lakhs of people being provided shelter and housing under Gitanjali, `Nija Bhumi Nija Griha`, Indira Awas Yojna Housing, BSUP Schemes.

In Jangal Mahal, Hill areas and Aila-affected areas, rice @ Rs. 2/kg is being distributed per person per week.


Welfare of legal practitioners

New group insurance scheme for lawyers introduced.

New lawyers being given stipend for one year and also book grants.


Special area development

For the first time, North Bengal Development Dept. has been given a record Rs. 200 crores against only Rs. 60 crores last year.


Development of sports and youths

Around 1000 clubs given grants to develop rural sporting talents and build infrastructural and sporting equipments.

The new wave of development in youth affairs, sports and tourism departments.

The new government has laid emphasis on beautification, plantation of trees for both villages and cities.