State Govt ramping up production of eggs

To ramp up the production of eggs in Bengal, both chicken and duck, the State Government’s Animal Resources Development (ARD) Department is taking several measures.

The latest among them are the setting up of two chicken farms in Kalyani in Nadia district and in Barjora in Bankura district at a combined cost of Rs 60 crore. Then, a chicken farm in Boromoholla in Birbhum district is being renovated to augment production. At Labhpur in Birbhum district, the department is setting up a duck farm.

According to sources in the ARD Department, about 2.5 crore eggs, including chicken and duck, are required daily in the state. To ensure that the state produces the required number, various measures are being taken to encourage people to set up chicken and duck farms. All these are outlined in the Incentive Policy 2017 for poultry farmers that the ARD Department has chalked up. For augmenting production on the basis of this policy, the Finance Department has allotted Rs 2015 crore.

As part of the policy, the department is providing subsidy to the extent of Rs 80 lakh for people working towards augmenting egg production.

A person who will be producing 10,000 birds (chicken or duck) will get an incentive of upto Rs 8 lakh. Among other incentives are the requirement for only part payment of the electricity bill for farm owners, discount on the loan repayment amount and removal of stamp duty. The result of these measures, according to the ARD Department, is the submission of applications for setting up 43 poultry farms.

The government is distributing young chickens and ducklings to farmers and rural self-help groups across the state. During the current financial year (2017-18), 60 lakh young chickens will be distributed. Of this number, 12 lakh will be distributed among almost 7,000 self-help groups (SHG). West Bengal Livestock Development Corporation is primarily responsible for implementing these decisions.


ডিমের জন্য ৬০ কোটির দুই খামার রাজ্যের

রাজ্যে ডিমের জোগান ও চাহিদার ফারাক কমাতে এ বার রাজ্য সরকারই শুরু করছে বাণিজ্যিক উৎপাদন। কল্যাণী ও বাঁকুড়ার বড়জোড়াতে মুরগির খামার তৈরি করতে ষাট কোটি টাকা বিনিয়োগ করছে প্রাণিসম্পদ বিকাশ উন্নয়ন নিগম। ওই দু’টি খামার থেকে প্রতিদিন সাড়ে পাঁচ লক্ষ করে ডিম পাওয়া যাবে।

এ রাজ্যে প্রতিদিন ডিমের প্রয়োজন হয় আড়াই কোটির মতো। সংগঠিত ও অসংগঠিত পোলট্রি মিলিয়ে দেড় কোটির মতো ডিম পশ্চিমবঙ্গ থেকেই পাওয়া যায়। বাকি এক কোটির ঘাটতি মেটাতে দক্ষিণ ভারত থেকে ডিম আমদানি করা হয়।

প্রাণিসম্পদ বিকাশ দফতর সূত্রের খবর, নতুন ভর্তুকি নীতিতে শর্তসাপেক্ষে মুলধনী অনুদান ৮ লক্ষ টাকা ছাড়াও মেয়াদি ঋণের উপরে সুদে ভর্তুকি, বিদ্যুৎ মাসুলে আংশিক মকুব এমনকী স্ট্যাম্প ডিউটিতেও ছাড় দেওয়া হচ্ছে।

সরকার জেলায় জেলায় মুরগির বাচ্চা বিতরণ শুরু করেছে। চলতি অর্থবর্ষে (২০১৭-’১৮) ৬০ লক্ষ মুর্গীর বাচ্চা দেওয়া হবে। প্রায় সাত হাজার স্বনির্ভর গোষ্ঠীকেও প্রায় ১২ লক্ষ মুরগি ও হাঁসের বাচ্চা দেওয়ার পরিকল্পনা করা হয়েছে। তার সঙ্গে রাজ্য সরকার আর্থিক ভর্তুকি দেওয়ার কথা ঘোষণা করায় ইতিমধ্যেই নতুন ৪৩টি পোলট্রি গড়ার প্রস্তাব জমা পড়েছে। প্রকল্পগুলি বাস্তবায়িত হলে তাতেও কমপক্ষে ৩৫ লক্ষ মুরগি থাকবে। সব মিলিয়ে এর ফলে ঘাটতি পুষিয়ে যাবে বলে আশা করছে রাজ্য।

Source: Anandabazar Patrika, Millennium Post

Promise fulfilled: New multi super speciality hospitals for districts

The West Bengal Government not only makes promises but fulfills them. West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee had announced in the past that 34 new multi super speciality hospitals will come up in Bengal. Fulfilling her promises, two such hospitals were inaugurated by the CM today at a function in Nadia district.

The new super speciality hospitals with 300 beds are located at Nayagram (West Midnapore) and Barjora (Bankura) respectively.

The project was conceived after the Trinamool Congress came to power in 2011. The department for health and family welfare is headed by Chief Minister  Mamata Banerjee herself.

Other such super speciality hospitals are coming up in the districts including East Midnapore, Purulia, Birbhum, Jalpaiguri, South 24-Parganas and North 24-Parganas.

Along with fair price medicine and diagnostic centres, these super speciality hospitals will go a long way in rejuvenating the health sector in the state.


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Reach out to people: Abhishek Banerjee to party workers in Bankura

Party workers have to work hard to promote the message of development. This message of party Chief Mamata Banerjee was conveyed to the workers in Bankura by Trinamool Youth Congress President Abhishek Banerjee on Friday.

Abhishek has begun his district visits where he will be addressing workshops for grassroots workers of the party. While speaking at one such meeting in Barjora, Bankura, TMYC President said: “People will decide who will sit in offices of power. Reach out to people. Work unitedly to serve people.”

He said that the party leadership had knowledge of every action by block and district leadership. He said, “A few people cannot be allowed to bring shame to the party because of their wrong actions.”

Abhishek reiterated that there is no scope for complacency in the party. 2011 elections were fought on the plank of change and 2016 will be fought on the plank of development.

He instructed workers to publicise the developmental initiatives undertaken by West Bengal government in the last four and a half years.  He asked them to go to every village and reach out to people.