Trinamool protests against linking mid-day meals to Aadhaar

Trinamool Congress on Monday hit the streets protesting against the central government’s decision to link Aadhaar card with the midday meals programme in schools.

Trinamool’s women activists led by Chandrima Bhattacharya took out a rally in central Kolkata, demanding the immediate rollback of the move dubbing it “anti-people.” Belting out slogans and displaying posters on themselves, they said students will starve due to the linking.

“To make Aadhar cards for children, one has to start when they are still in the womb? Do people now have to carry out ultra sonography to determine the sex of the infant so they can apply for an Aadhar card? Does it mean, the Centre is trying to legalise foetal sex determination,” Bhattacharya questioned.

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on Saturday termed as shocking the central government’s decision. “Now even infants (0-5 years) will need Aadhar cards? Aadhaar card for mid-day meals and ICDS? Shocking! 100 Days’ Work also not spared,” she had tweeted.

Meanwhile, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will continue to give midday meal to students in its schools, Mayor Sovan Chatterjee said.


মিডডে মিলে আধার বাধ্যতামূলক করার প্রতিবাদে পথে নামলো তৃণমূল

মিড ডে মিলের জন্য আধার কার্ড বাধ্যতামূলক, কেন্দ্রীয় সরকারের এই সিদ্ধান্তের প্রতিবাদে আজ পথে নামলো মহিলা তৃণমূল কংগ্রেস। সুবোধ মল্লিক স্কয়্যার থেকে রানি রাসমনি অ্যাভিনিউ পর্যন্ত মিছিলটির নেতৃত্ব দেন তৃণমূল মহিলা কংগ্রেসের সভানেত্রী চন্দ্রিমা ভট্টাচার্য।

কেন্দ্রীয় সরকার ঘোষণা করেছে, মিড ডে মিল পাওয়ার জন্য স্কুল পড়ুয়াদের আধার কার্ড থাকতে হবে। এই সিদ্ধান্তের বিরুদ্ধে আগেই ক্ষোভ উগরে দিয়েছিলেন মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়। বলেছিলেন, “কেন্দ্রীয় সরকারের এই সিদ্ধান্ত অবিশ্বাস্য। গরিব, খেটে খাওয়া মানুষ, আমাদের প্রিয় শিশুদের অধিকার থেকে বঞ্চিত করা হচ্ছে।”

মিছিল থেকে এবিষয়ে কথা বলতে গিয়ে চন্দ্রিমা ভট্টাচার্য  বলেন, “কেন্দ্রীয় সরকার মিড ডে মিলের জন্য আধার কার্ড বাধ্যতামূলক করেছে। সেখানে বয়সসীমা দিয়েছে শূন্য থেকে শুরু। আমরা শূন্য বছরের মানে বুঝতে পারলাম না। তাহলে কি কেন্দ্রীয় সরকার চাইছে মায়ের গর্ভে থাকার সময়ই শিশুর আধার কার্ড করতে হবে? আধারকার্ড করতে গেলে ছেলে না মেয়ে জানতে হবে। তাহলে কি কেন্দ্রীয় সরকার চাইছে মায়ের গর্ভে থাকাকালীন শিশুর লিঙ্গ নির্ধারণ করা হোক? তার মানে BJP পরিচালিত সরকার বেআইনি কাজকে সমর্থন জানাচ্ছে।”

Trinamool to organise protest rally at Bhubaneshwar

Trinamool Congress is all set to hold a protest rally just three kilometres away from the office of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) at Bhubaneswar in Odisha.

Senior Trinamool Congress leaders including Secretary General of the party Partha Chatterjee, All India General Secretary, Subrata Bakshi, Chandrima Bhattacharya and Manish Gupta met Sudip Bandyopadhyay in CBI’s office on Sunday evening.

After coming out of the CBI’s office, Partha Chatterjee said: “We met him like our friends. His willpower is strong. He asked us not to worry.”

Partha Chatterjee added: “The party supremo Mamata Banerjee had been fighting against the Centre’s arbitrary decision on demonetisation. It is clear to the people that we have been repeatedly attacked just because of protesting against demonetisation. We are trying to reach out to the people each and every where to make them understand the same and people are with us.”


ভুবনেশ্বরে প্রতিবাদ কর্মসূচি তৃণমূলের

ওড়িশার ভুবনেশ্বরে একটি প্রতিবাদ সভার আয়োজন করেছে তৃণমূল কংগ্রস। আগামী মঙ্গলবার সিবিআই দপ্তরের মাত্র তিন কিমি দূরে হবে এই সভাটি।

গতকাল চার সদস্যের এক প্রতিনিধি দল ভুবনেশ্বরে সিবিআই দপ্তরে সুদীপ বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়ের সঙ্গে সাক্ষাৎ করেন। প্রতিনিধি দলে ছিলেন তৃণমূলের মহাসচিব পার্থ চট্টোপাধ্যায়, সাধারন সম্পাদক সুব্রত বক্সী, চন্দ্রিমা ভট্টাচার্য ও মনিশ গুপ্ত।

সিবিআই দপ্তরে সুদীপ বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়ের সঙ্গে সাক্ষাৎ করে বেরিয়ে পার্থ চট্টোপাধ্যায় জানান, “সুদীপবাবুর মনোবল অনেক বেশি, আমরা ওনার সঙ্গে কথা বলেছি, উনি আমাদের দুশ্চিন্তা করতে বারণ করেছেন”।

পার্থ চট্টোপাধ্যায় আরও বলেন, “এটা জনগনের কাছে স্পষ্ট যে দলনেত্রী কেন্দ্রের হঠকারী নোট বাতিলের সিদ্ধান্তের প্রতিবাদ করেছেন বলেই তৃণমূলকে বারবার আক্রমণ করা হচ্ছে।ভয় দেখিয়ে তৃণমূল কংগ্রেসের মাথা নত করা যাবে না। আমাদের লড়াই চলবে। জনগন আমাদের পাশেই আছেন।”


State declares health schemes to benefit underprivileged

Minister of state for health Ms Chandrima Bhattacharya on Friday said that the state government will distribute certain expensive cancer drugs among poor patients free of cost in its hospitals in the city.

This is part of the project initiated by the present government to provide better health care facilities to the underprivileged.

The minister said that the decision would be implemented from 2 October. The Chief Minster had earlier expressed her desire for running a scheme through which the poor patients suffering from cancer will get some expensive drugs in the hospitals for free.

The minister today made this announcement while speaking at the inauguration of a new facility ward at the SSKM hospital. The ENT department of the SSKM hospital has conducted cochlear implant (CI) surgeries on four patients who are deaf or have hearing problem for free.

WB CM forms 9-member committee to free land of closed industrial units

The Mamata Banerjee government has formed a group of ministers (GoM) to find out ways to free land of closed industrial units in areas near Calcutta so that fresh investments can be invited.

“The nine-member GoM will look into different aspects of the closed industries in the state. But the primary objective will be to free land of closed industrial units and invite fresh investments on the prime plots,” a minister told reporters.

Senior officials said the chief minister was trying to pave the way for new industries before the Assembly elections next year as she could face questions on the lack of investments in Bengal.

The committee would include Dr Amit Mitra (Finance & Industries), Firhad Hakim (Urban Development), Partha Chatterjee (Education), Chandrima Bhattacharya (Law), Manish Gupta (Power), Subrata Mukherjee (Panchayat), Malay Ghatak (Labour), Purnendu Bose (Agriculture) and Sudarshan Ghosh Dastidar (Environment).

The government had recently freed nearly 200 acres in Nadia’s Kalyani from 11 closed units.

Trinamool Mahila Congress to protest against misogynist remarks of Opp

The Mahila Trinamool Congress will bring out a rally today to protest against the disparaging remarks of BJP state unit president against women in general and Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee in particular.

The rally will start from College Square and come to an end at Rani Rashmoni Road.

“What he said is an insult not only of the chief minister but the women of the state. We can not understand how such a remark can be made by a sensible man. We demand that he apologises before women or we will keep on agitating through the state,” Chandrima Bhattacharya, President of Trinamool Mahila Congress, said at a media conference at Trinamool Bhavan.

34 multi super speciality hospitals coming up in Bengal

Twenty super-speciality hospitals in the districts would be ready by 2016, while another 14 would be constructed by HRBC, the minister of state for Health and family welfare, Chandrima Bhattacharya informed the Assembly on Tuesday. She was replying during the demand for budgetary grant of the department.

Nearly 78 per cent of the West Bengal’s population were dependent on the government’s healthcare delivery system, she said.

Majority of the people subscribe to the government healthcare system, which had been revamped and improved after 34 years of Left Front rule which had completely damaged it, the minister added.

She said that many services had been made free for patients, adding that the medicines supplied through the fair price shops were being verified by the drug controller and were not inferior quality as many Opposition members alleged.

She said that allocation during the four years of Trinamool Congress rule had been doubled from the level which existed before.


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CBI being used to crush the prestige of Trinamool: Partha Chatterjee

A delegation of senior Trinamool leaders – Partha Chatterjee, Subrata Mukherjee, Manish Gupta, Shashi Panja and Chandrima Bhattacharya – met the Governor on Friday.

Those involved in mushrooming of chit fund business in Bengal were now taking out rallies and shedding crocodile tears, Partha Chatterjee said while addressing the media after the meeting.

He said, “The Supreme Court has asked the CBI to investigate the scam. But in the name of investigation, the CBI is arresting only TMC leaders. If they feel that TMC leaders are culprits let them chargesheet them. But the CBI is being used to crush our prestige.”

“We have said that money should be returned to all people who have lost their deposits since 1980s in chit funds. Why the people under whose rule chit fund business started in state were not arrested,” he added.

“We talked about the way our minister has been arrested by CBI. The governor said neither he nor the Raj Bhavan knew about the arrest. Just like our chief minister and Assembly speaker were kept in dark about the arrest,” he said.

Stating that the TMC regime has arrested Saradha Group Chairman and returned money to five lakh duped investors, the minister said they urged the governor to see that the bill passed by the state Assembly is cleared by the Centre as early as possible.

Trinamool Mahila Congress to conduct workshops at grassroots

Trianmool Mahila Congress has decided to conduct workshops for the grassroots workers. State President of the women’s wing, Chandrima Bhattacharya said that there are plans to hold workshops for female workers to talk about the good work that has been done in the last 3 and half years by the new government.

It has been decided that 50 workers from each Lok Sabha constituency will be selected for the workshop and once these participants complete the workshop, they will go back to their respective blocks and teach the same to other female workers.

The workshops will address questions from the participants and talk in details about the achievements of the government. These workshops will be held December 19 onwards and will continue till the beginning of the next year.