Over three crore people visited ‘Duare Sarkar’ camps in West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has tweeted that over three crore people have visited the ongoing “Duare Sarkar” camps till now.

The second edition of the “Duare Sarkar” (government at doorsteps) programme was launched on 16 August and will continue till 15 September.

She thanked people of the state for visiting the camps and also congratulated the government officials.

“Extremely happy to share that more than 3 crore people have visited the #DuareSarkar camps since 16 August. I congratulate all GoWB officials for making this initiative a huge success. I thank the people of Bengal for coming to the camps and availing all benefits,” Banerjee said on Twitter.

Two government schemes — ”Lakshmi Bhandar” and “Swasthya Sathi” — appeared to be the top picks among the three crore people who have turned up in the month-long camps.

The West Bengal government has launched “Lakshmi Bhandar” scheme in order to provide basic income support to female heads of families. The newly floated programme assures monthly assistance of Rs 1,000 for women of each SC/ST household and Rs 500 for the general category. ”Swasthya Sathi” is a cashless basic health cover for secondary and tertiary care up to Rs 5 lakh per annum per family

Like last year, this year too, Durga Puja would be held in strict conjunction with COVID-19 protocol: Mamata Banerjee

On the occasion of Durga Puja, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today held an administrative and coordination meeting at the Netaji Indoor Stadium.


Highlights of her interaction:


Like last year, this year too, Durga Puja would be held in strict conjunction with COVID-19 protocol.

No new rules for this year – everyone needs to be alert.

Maintaining social distance and wearing masks would be compulsory

The clubs need to have sanitiser and masks at hand in order to distribute among visitors to their pandals.

The clubs have to constantly spread messages on COVID-19 awareness.

Immersion ceremonies would be held from October 15-17. The decision on Durga Puja Carnival would be taken later.

The decision on allowing people at night would be taken later.

The situation is better now, but we cannot afford to slack off.

A total of 36,000 clubs in the state have been registered as Durga Puja organisers, of which 2,500 are in Kolkata.

There would be 1,500 women-administered clubs organising Durga Puja.

Every club would be given Rs 50,000 towards Durga Puja expenses.

There would be 50 per cent discount on the electricity bill for every Puja committee.


I’ve reminded the Union government time and again about Ghatal Master Plan: Mamata Banerjee

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today went from Jhargram to Ghatal by helicopter to get an overview of the flood-affected areas and then distribute relief to those affected.

She also visited the spiritual retreat of Anukul Thakur, where she met the priests of the temple and distributed relief to the group of people who had gethered there.

She then addressed the press, standing in the water that had flooded the place.

Highlights of her press interaction:

Despite requesting the Union government multiple times, it has not approved the Ghatal Master Plan. As a result, the widespread floods are not being controlled. I will again urge the government to approve the project. I will sent a delegation to the Union Irrigation Minister.

The flooding is being allowed to happen. Check dams worth Rs 500 crore have been built, but work is not being done in a planned way. The administration has to work better. More camps need to be set up.

The situation in Ghatal is dangerous. I saw everything, and taken pictures as well. I will compile a report after returning to Kolkata.

BJP stands for rioters, robbers, swindlers: Mamata Banerjee

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today spoke to reporters at Nabanna, during the course of which she came down strongly against the incident at Jamia Millia Islamia. She said that India’s ruling party does nothing other than indulging in such crimes.

There has been no development. The party has done nothing for the welfare of farmers, workers, the unemployed, students and women. Its leaders only know how to divide the country.

She said that she is also a Hindu. But she and her party leaders know that the Hindu religion is all-welcoming, and are followers of people with progressive outlook like Gandhi ji, Netaji and Swami Vivekananda.

Netaji had coined the slogan ‘Jai Hind’. In his army was a patriot like General Shahnawaz Khan. We remember Bhagat Singh with reverence. There has always been a connection between the far-flung places and regions in the country, like between Punjab and Bengal. This is the essence of what our country stands for.

She said that she goes to Tamil Nadu to hear ‘Vanakkam’ (Tamil for ‘hello’). In Bihar and UP, some people speak in Hindi and some in Bhojpuri.

The BJP indulges just in big talk. Whoever decides to speak out, they term the person a ‘terrorist’. They try to prove that only they are nationalists, but the reality is that they are the biggest opportunists.

The BJP has done no good for India and its citizens. The party does not believe in the democratic philosophy of ‘of the people, by the people, for the people’. It is helping in the spreading of fake news and views, and through it, in the dividing of the country, taking a path neither that of Gandhi ji nor Netaji nor Babasaheb Ambedkar nor Maulana Abul Kalam Azad nor Swami Vivekananda nor Rabindranath Tagore.

Talking of the BJP’s violent politics, she said that she is not at all happy at the way the country is being run. Quoting the famous lines of a poem, ‘Dhonodhanye pushpe bhora … Sokol desher shera shey je amar jonmobhumi’, she wondered aloud why should her ‘jonmobhoomi’ or ‘birthplace’ be turned into a ‘boddhobhoomi’ or ‘prison’ and a ‘mrityubhoomi’ of ‘land of death’?

Continuing her strong opposition, she said that the BJP is intent on dividing the people and stirring up trouble and for doing this, she reminded everyone, during every election, the party’s leaders have used the governmental machinery. The BJP stands for rioters, robbers and swindlers – this is their primary identity.

Continuing her criticism, she said that people of her party, unlike the BJP’s, don’t go to programmes carrying guns and sticks.

Therefore, she said, that Trinamool need not learn politics from them. Bengal has a glorious history of fighting for independence, a history that has taught the State and its people the value of tolerance.

The Delhi election is a pointer to the future route of the country, she said, adding, let us see what happens. Mamata Banerjee said she fails to understand why the BJP, instead of putting its faith in the hands of the common people, puts it in the hands of its destructive guerrilla force.

About the Union Budget, she said that it is a big zero. There is no mention of development, only of political views, of hate-filled views. There is vandalism going on, she said; else, how can a holder of a constitutional post make such comments? Why are the BJP leaders so afraid of protests? Even the Supreme Court has asked for protests to be peaceful. Through its acts, the BJP is creating an atmosphere of fear.

Mamata Banerjee’s books are bestsellers at Kolkata Book Fair

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s books emerged as top sellers on the first day of 44th Kolkata International Book Fair.

Thirteen books written by Banerjee—six in Bengali, six in English and one in Urdu—were released on the day of inauguration.

Of these, the most talked about and preferred one among the book lovers is Why We Are Saying No CAA No NRC No NPR.

It might be mentioned that with 13 of her books unveiled at the book fair that began on Tuesday, the number of her publications has now gone up to 101.

All her books are now available at the Jago Bangla stall at the ongoing book fair in Central Park.

We won’t let them build a single detention camp in Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today led a protest march against CAA, NRC and NPR in Darjeeling. This is the latest of several such protests led by her. After the march, she addressed a large gathering, attended also by those who participated in the march.

Highlights of her speech:

I am assuring all the communities in the Hills there there’s nothing to be scared of regarding NRC, NPR and CAA.

We all are citizens. We live together. We may have different languages, but we are all Indians.

Why did you remove one lakh Gorkha names from the Assam NRC list? We will fight for it together. Why do we have to prove our citizenship even after 73 years of independence?

We have voted for all Prime Ministers including Modi. We are citizens. We have the right to vote.

The Home Minister is giving big talk. Only our State has postponed NPR.

They are asking for birth certificates of our parents. None of us have those. Now they are saying that those certificates are not mandatory. Then why did you keep that point in the NPR form?

They will make you foreigners for a few years. Then they will grab your properties and jobs.

Why did you not implement this in Tripura? Because that is a BJP-ruled State. They are not talking about jobs. But they are selling off BSNL, Ordnance factories, Air India etc.

They are diverting attention from the pathetic economic condition of the country.

They are calling us Pakistanis if we raise our voices. Why should we be Pakistanis? We are all Hindustanis.

They have snatched blankets from the women protesting in Lucknow in this cold.

When I saw that they are snatching away the rights of the people of Darjeeling, I came here immediately. They are saying you will get citizenship online. Everything is a lie.

You all are voters, involved in business or service-holders. Doing jobs is your right. No one can snatch them away.
We are with you. Continue this movement until they withdraw NRC and CAA.

This is the question of our right, respect and land. We won’t let them drive away a single person.

They have killed many people. They want to keep only BJP people in the country and drive away all good people.

If anyone asks for any document, don’t show them. Only enlist your name in the Voters’ List.

We won’t let them build a single detention camp in Bengal.

Sundarini ‘mishti’ a hit in Kolkata

In a short time, Sundarini has become a brand known for its quality products. Its latest offering is sweets. Tying up with a private company, a chain of six sweet shops has been set up in Kolkata based on the franchise model. The shops are also named ‘Sundarini’.

It started as a cooperative formed by women from remote regions of the Sundarbans. The State Government’s idea behind creating Sundarini was to empower poor village women.

The shops are clocking rapid sales, so much so that they are now turning out to be competition to the well-established shops of Kolkata. The customers are very satisfied with the taste and the prices are affordable too.

The six shops are located in Jodhpur Park, Survey Park (Ajaynagar), Santoshpur, Haltu (in Kasba), Muchipara (in Tollygunge) and Diamond Park (in Joka).

The brand is owned by Sundarban Cooperative Milk and Livestock Producers’ Limited, which is an initiative of State Animal Resources Development Department. None other than Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gave the name ‘Sundarini’. Packaged milk, ghee, honey, rice, sona moong dal, eggs, paneer and several other products are sold under the brand name.

Source: Sangbad Pratidin

Vivek Tirtha – A tribute to the great saint Swami Vivekananda

Vivek Tirtha, named after Swami Vivekananda, has been planned to be one of the premier institutes of the country, comprising of a centre for value education, a school of languages, a computer institute, a digital library and more. It is being set up in New Town. The formal name of the place is Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Centre for Human Excellence and Social Sciences.

This top-class centre of education is being set up on land given by the Trinamool Congress Government. In fact, it was Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who had laid the foundation stone of the institute, on November 11, 2014, and had also named it ‘Vivek Tirtha’.

The project will cost about Rs 172 crore. Five acres has been allotted beside Eco Park.

The centre will have a 10-storey building to house the administrative office, seminar halls and an auditorium, with a capacity of 1,400. The main building will be designed after the Chicago Art Institute, where Swami Vivekananda had delivered his famous speech on September 11, 1893.

There will be four other buildings, to be named after four famous foreign disciples of Swami Vivekananda – Sister Nivedita, JJ Goodwin, Ole Sara Bull and Josephine McLeod.

An important feature of the programmes proposed to be offered by the Centre of Human Excellence include a retreat for professionals and people from all walks of life like sweepers, rickshaw pullers, labourers and shopkeepers. There will also be a course on citizenship training and value education for government and corporate employees. There will be courses on how to overcome fear and failure.

Honouring the legacy of Swami Vivekananda

The great follower of the philosophy of Swami Vivekananda that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is, she has named schemes and places after the great son of Bangla.

Here is a list of the works of the Bangla Government in preserving the legacy of Swami Vivekananda:

  • Giving autonomy and special status to Ramakrishna and Sarada Mission educational institutions, which are associated with Swami Vivekananda’s ideology to impart education and foster character-building
  • Naming the Centre for Human Excellence and Social Sciences being built by the Ramakrishna Mission as ‘Vivek Tirtha’ by Mamata Banerjee
  • Acquiring and handing over premises adjoining Swamiji’s ancestral house to Ramakrishna Mission
  • Renovating ‘Mayer Bari’ in Baghbazar, Kolkata at a cost of Rs 30 crore
  • Acquiring Sister Nivedita’s house at Baghbazar and handing it over to Ramakrishna Sarada Mission, and giving it heritage status
  • Allocating Rs 2 crore for the renovation of ‘Roy Villa’ in Darjeeling, associated with Sister Nivedita, and handing it over to Ramakrishna Mission
  • Building a skywalk connecting Dakshineswar railway station to the famous temple there; it is named Dakshineswar Rani Rashmoni Skywalk
  • Renaming Yuva Bharati Krirangan after Swami Vivekananda, as Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan
  • Naming the Self-Help and Self-Employment Department-run self-employment scheme as Swami Vivekananda Swanirbhar Karmasansthan Prakalpa
  • Naming the scholarship for economically disadvantaged families as Swami Vivekananda Merit-cum-Means Scholarship
  • Organising Vivek Chetana Utsav from January 10 to 12, for commemorating the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, across the State

Won’t allow anyone to snatch people’s rights: Mamata Banerjee

Contending that she was the custodian of people’s rights, Bangla Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said she would not let anyone harm their interests. She was speaking at a public distribution programme at Pathapratima in South 24 Parganas district.

Asserting that the agitation against National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR) would go on as long as necessary, Banerjee said that she would do everything in her power to protect the people of the state.

“We do not live at the mercy of anyone… I will not allow anyone snatch our rights,” the CM said at a public meeting here, on the western fringes of Sunderban forests.

“I am your ‘pehradar’ (custodian), if anyone comes to take away your rights, he will have to do it over my dead body,” Banerjee, who has been one of the most vocal critics of CAA, NRC, added.

“The central government did not provide a single penny for relief operations. We distributed three lakh tripals, and arranged for six lakh packets consisting of sarees, blankets, sheets, foodstuffs and stoves, for this district alone,” she said, referring to the damages caused by Cyclone Bulbul.

The CM added, “We provided compensation to two million farmers in this district; I urge all farmers to enroll in the crop insurance scheme, which is fully funded by the State Government.” She also said that those who lost their homes in the cyclone, would get a house under Bangla Awas Yojana.

She reiterated that Sundarbans and Basirhat will become new districts.