Bengal to include DPL as subsidiary

In a bid to revive Durgapur Projects Limited (DPL), the state government has taken a decision to include it as its subsidiary under the West Bengal State Electricity Board. The decision has been taken in the State Cabinet meeting.

It may be mentioned that the State Government had engaged a Group of Ministers (GoM) ­— Partha Chatterjee, Amit Mitra, Malay Ghatak, Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay and Arrop Biswas — to assess and recommend steps that are necessary for the revival of DPL.

The GoM placed its observation and recommendations before the state government, based on which the decision has been taken. The thermal power generation station, which has eight units, continues to have a capacity of generating 650 MW power. Five of those units are non-functional, two function properly and one requires attention for better function. The step would help in checking the accumulated loss.

However, the name of the company is supposed to stay and will continue to function as a state government utility. Moreover, 3000 employees, including the contractual ones, will continue to work as it is. It was assessed that the step will ensure the revival of DPL.

ডিপিএল সম্পূর্ণ অধিগ্রহণ রাজ্যের, সিদ্ধান্ত মন্ত্রীসভার

দুর্গাপুর প্রোজেক্টস লিমিটেড (ডিপিএল) পুরোপুরি অধিগ্রহণ করছে রাজ্য সরকার। রাজ্য মন্ত্রীসভা এই সিদ্ধান্ত নিয়েছে।

শিক্ষামন্ত্রী মন্ত্রীসভার বৈঠক শেষে বলেন, ডিপিএল-এর পুনরুজ্জীবনের জন্য মুখ্যমন্ত্রী সচেষ্ট ছিলেন। তিনি সুপারিশ গ্রহনের জন্য মন্ত্রীগোষ্ঠী তৈরি করেন।

এখন এই সংস্থায় যারা কাজ করেন, তাঁদের বহাল রাখার সুপারিশ করেছে মন্ত্রীগোষ্ঠী। এই সুপারিশ গৃহীত হয়েছে।

সিদ্ধান্ত হয়েছে এই সংস্থাটিকে পুরোপুরি অধিগ্রহণ করবে রাজ্য সরকার। সমস্ত সম্পদ এবং মানবসম্পদ সরকারের কাছে হস্তান্তরিত হবে। চুক্তিভিত্তিক ও স্থায়ী মিলিয়ে এখন ডিপিএল-এর কর্মী সংখ্যা ৩০০০। কাউকে ছাঁটাই করা হবে না।

Bengal Cabinet gives nod to two new police stations

The state government has decided to set up two new police stations in Malda and Birbhum. The decision has been taken in the Cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday in the state secretariat, Nabanna.

The decision has been taken to set up a new police station in Malda by bifurcating the jurisdiction under Kaliachak police station. The new police station that would be set up will be named as Mothabari police station. Jurisdiction of another new police station that will come in Birbhum will be created by bifurcating the area of Mayureswar police station. The new police station will be named as Mallarpur police station.

The decisions related to giving land to different organisations for setting up different utilities have also been taken in the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Around 10 cottah land will be given to the Pollution Control Board to set up their divisional office in Asansol. Around 2.56 acres of land in Kashberia and Tentulberia Mouza will also be given to India Power Corporation Haldia Limited to set up a power station. The land will be given in a lease for 30 years.

It has also been decided to recruit 969 contractual workers in the transport corporations to ensure better bus services.


মালদা ও বীরভূমে নতুন দুটি থানা গঠনে সম্মতি দিল রাজ্য মন্ত্রীসভা

বুধবার নবান্নে রাজ্য মন্ত্রীসভার বৈঠকে সিদ্ধান্ত হয় যে মালদা ও বীরভূম জেলায় আরও দুটি নতুন থানা তৈরী করা হবে।
মালদা জেলার কালিয়াচক থানা ভেঙে তৈরী হবে মোথাবাড়ি থানা। একই ভাবে বীরভূম জেলার ময়ূরেশ্বর থানা ভেঙে তৈরী করা হবে মল্লারপুর থানা।
মন্ত্রীসভার বৈঠকে আরও সিদ্ধান্ত হয় যে জনপরিষেবা প্রদান করার জন্য বিভিন্ন সংস্থাকে জমি প্রদান করা হবে। আসানসোলে দূষণ নিয়ন্ত্রণ পর্ষদকে তাদের অফিস নির্মাণের জন্য ১০ কাঠা জমি দেওয়া হবে। কাশবেড়িয়া ও তেঁতুলবেড়িয়া মৌজার অন্তর্গত ২.৫৬ একর জমি ৩০ বছরের লীজে দেওয়া হবে ইন্ডিয়া পাওয়ার কর্পোরেশন হলদিয়া লিমিটেডকে। তারা ওখানে একটি বিদ্যুৎকেন্দ্র নির্মাণ করবে।
জনগণকে আরও উন্নত বাস পরিষেবা দেওয়ার লক্ষ্যে ৯৬৯ জন অস্থায়ী কর্মী নিয়োগ করার সিদ্ধান্তও গ্রহণ করা হয়েছে মন্ত্রীসভার বৈঠকে।


WB Govt to take over Mother Dairy Calcutta, name it Bengal Dairy

The West Bengal government has decided to take over the Bengal unit of Mother Dairy also known as Mother Dairy Calcutta. It will now become a government enterprise as per a S tate Cabinet decision.

The employees will now become government employees and the enterprise will be known as “Bengal Dairy”.

Mother Dairy Calcutta which was a State government project, was started under Operation Flood II of National Dairy Development Board in 1974 . It was set up initially to cater to the demand of the Kolkata urban agglomeration spread over the Kolkata Metropolitan area, approximately 852 sq km.

Its aim was to safeguard the interest of rural milk producers by encouraging co-operative movement and marketing the surplus milk available from the villages, thus helping the milk producers to realise their own potential for organized endeavour and the creation of more rural wealth.

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New Sports Policy for Bengal passed by State Cabinet

The West Bengal Cabinet passed the new Sports Policy 2015 for overall development of sports infrastructure and welfare of sports persons in the state.

State Youth Welfare Minister Mr Aroop Biswas, who also looks after Ministry of Sports, said that the policy would help improve existing sports infrastructure and install the latest state-of-the-art sports infrastructure in the state.

Spirit of sportsmanship

The policy would also provide cash incentives, awards and employment opportunities to outstanding sports persons, Mr Biswas said, adding it would also strengthen infrastructure in educational institutions including universities.

“The new Sports Policy will create a culture of sports by imbibing higher moral and ethical values and spirit of sportsmanship raising the level of desire to excel among the youth of the state,” the Minister said.

Provision has been made in the policy to encourage adventure sports in the state. Steps were there to bring about transparency in the working of the State Sports Associations, he said.

Recognising talent

A policy like this was a long-felt need to encourage involvement of private and corporate entities in the development of sports infrastructure, training and conduct of sports competitions leading to broadbasing of sports in the state, the Minister said.

Finally, the policy would recognise talent in sports and reward young women and men, who achieve excellence in sports, he added. For this, the Minister said, steps had been taken to reconstitute District Sports Councils and the Sub-divisional Sports Councils with a wider participation of sports bodies.

He also said that the State Government would set up a State Sports Institute to enable the sports persons to undergo certificate and diploma courses in different areas related to sports.

Promoting excellence

To promote excellence in international and national competitions, the sports department would set up residential academies in different disciplines like Table Tennis, Archery, Badminton, Volley Ball, Athletics, Gymnastics and Swimming immediately. “We have already set up a residential Football academy in the state,” the Minister said.

The Minister further said that the State Government would financially support individual sportspersons from the state who qualify for the Olympic, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, World Cup and similar level of continental competitions to the extent it remained uncovered from any other source.

The sports department would also create a data bank for sportspersons in the state, the Minister said adding each sub-division would have a stadium.

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Urban poor in Bengal to come under the purview of Nija Griha Nija Bhoomi scheme

After successfully implementing the Nija Griha Nija Bhoomi scheme for the poor people in rural Bengal, the West Bengal Government has taken the initiative to provide homes and land pattas for the poor people even in the urban areas of the State.

The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting held at Nabanna on January 13, 2015.


Nija Griha Nija Bhoomi

Landless and homeless rural agricultural labourers, artisans and fishermen families who hold no other land in any capacity and the heirs of such persons, and residing on the land of other persons not having family relation (parental or maternal or in-laws) were earlier eligible for this scheme.

Through this project, BPL card holders in urban areas can now avail the Nija Griha Nija Bhoomi scheme. Ms Chandrima Bhattacharya, State Minister of Law, Judicial Affairs and Health, said that the state municipal affairs and urban development department will provide detailed guidelines regarding this and fix the criteria for the urban poor to get the benefits under this project.

Other Cabinet decisions

The State Cabinet also took a decision to revive State Dairy Durgapur Limited, which produces and markets dairy products.

It was also decided that 200 doctors will be recruited for ESI hospitals. The state government has taken the decision to increase the retirement age from 60 to 62 for ESI doctors.

Another decision was taken today during the state cabinet meeting to set up six new cyber crime police stations in West Bengal.

WB Cabinet approves names of six townships

The Cabinet Friday approved the naming of six townships that will come up at Bolpur, Kalyani, Siliguri , Durgapur, Bantala and at Andal.

The township that will come up in Bolpur will be named as Nobel city while those that will be developed at Kalyani and Siliguri will be named as Knowledge city and Sunrise city respectively.

The township at Andal has already been developed and it will be named as Golden city, while the township that has been developed at Bantala will be named as Sector VI.

The township that will be set up at Durgapur will be named as Silver Township.

Although the land for setting up township is yet to be identified at Kalyani and Siliguri, the land at Bolpur, Andal and Kolkata has already been identified. Around 180 acres of land has been identified at Bolpur for setting up the township.

The township will be developed on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) basis.

Mr Firhad Hakim, minister in charge of urban development department said that 25 per cent area will be developed for economically weaker section (EWS).

According to him, 40 percent open space will be kept at the newly developed township.