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November 27, 2013

Visit villages more often, WB CM tells officers and ministers

Visit villages more often, WB CM tells officers and ministers

Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee advised the block development officers (BDOs), inspectors in charge and officers-in-charge (ICs and OCs) of police stations to visit villages more frequently than ever.

The chief minister held a meeting with officers of the district and police administration of all levels at Durgakinkar Sadan auditorium in Malda College. She instructed the officials to visit villages more often during the course of the meeting.

Apart from the CM, chief secretary Sanjay Mitra, director general of police (DGP) GMP Reddy, principal secretaries of tourism, transport departments Ajit Ranjan Bardhan, and Alapan Bandyopadhyay along with other principal secretaries. Divisional commissioner RD Meena, inspector general of North Bengal S Pujari, DM, Malda G Kiran Kumar, SP, Malda Kalyan Mukherjee and others were present in the meeting.

Ministers Gautam Deb, Krishnendu Choudhury and Sabitri Mitra were present too.

The chief minister enquired into the condition of NH-34 and NH-81. Officers of National Highway authority of India (NHAI) informed her that Rs 10 crore had already been sanctioned for development of the poor condition of NH-81. But they said that the progess work for NH-34 could not be undertaken for want of land.

However, the CM said: “I want the work to be done at any cost and immediately.“ Ms. Banerjee asked the BDOs, ICs and OCs to spend only 50 per cent time in office and 50 per cent on field.

“You are the face and mirror of the state government. Follow me. I am visiting the entire state with my secretaries. Likewise, you also visit villages and listen to problems of the people. If one has got 100 days of job, offer him job for 200 days,“ Chief Minister said. 

“Malda is a frontier district. Hence, police have to keep patrolling to curb crimes in such sensitive areas,“ the CM cautioned police. She also asked them to remain alert on disruptive activities of different militant organisations like KLO in the district. The CM asked the district education officials to upgrade more secondary schools into higher secondary. 

Transport officials informed the CM that Rs 16 crore had been sanctioned to NBSTC to buy 50 brand new buses. Another 50 buses would be repaired. NBSTC would get 100 new buses under JNURM and thus there would be 200 more buses under NBSTC. The CM advised officials to speak to the Merchant Chamber of Commerce so that small and medium scale industries could be set up in Malda. 

Officials informed the CM that soon a silk park would be set up in Malda. The CM expressed content at the overall progress of development work in Malda.