10 more fire stations to come up across Bengal by end of 2018

To boost the firefighting infrastructure in the state, the Fire and Emergency Services Department will set up 10 more fire stations across the state by the end of 2018.

Some of the places where the fire stations would come up are Madhyamgram and Lalkuthi (Barrackpore) in North 24 Parganas district, Kakdwip in South 24 Parganas district, Contai in Purba Medinipur district and Dankuni in Hooghly district.

It may be mentioned that there are 131 fire stations in the 23 districts of the state. So, by the end of the year, the number would rise to 141.



২০১৮ সালের মধ্যে আরও ১০টি দমকল কেন্দ্র রাজ্যে

অগ্নি নির্বাপণ পরিকাঠামোকে আরও মজবুত করতে ফায়ার অ্যান্ড ইমার্জেন্সি সার্ভিসেস ডিপার্টমেন্ট আরও ১০টি দমকল কেন্দ্র তৈরী করবে রাজ্য জুড়ে।

এই ১০টি জায়গার মধ্যে আছে উত্তর ২৪ পরগনা জেলার মধ্যমগ্রাম, ব্যারাকপুরের লালকুঠি, দক্ষিণ ২৪ পরগনা জেলার কাকদ্বীপ, পূর্ব মেদিনীপুরের কাঁথি, হুগলী জেলার ডানকুনি।

প্রসঙ্গত, রাজ্যের ২৩টি জেলায় ১৩১টি দমকল কেন্দ্র আছে। ২০১৮ সালের শেষে এই সংখ্যা ১৪১য়ে পৌঁছবে।

Source: Millennium Post

Nadimul Haque speaks on medical negligence in private hospitals


Sir, in the absence of doctors and due to dissatisfaction with quality standards at State-run or public hospitals, an increasing proportion of people are using private healthcare facilities, though they are more expensive. In 2014, the average cost of hospital care by a public utility was Rs 6,120 while private institutions were four times more costly at Rs 25,850. Sir, in the last decade, while the cost of treatment has more or less doubled, insurance cover is still less than 15 per cent.

However, recent cases in multi-speciality hospitals across the country show an abysmal state of private healthcare. Private hospitals lack transparency, often resulting in an increase in medical negligence amounting to severe injuries and even deaths.

A case in point is that of Sanjay Roy, a Dankuni resident, at a world-famous private hospital in Kolkata. He sadly died due to alleged medical negligence. Sir, here I want all honourable Members to listen, and listen with feelings, because only then will you understand what pains his family had to go through. The point that I want to highlight is that hospitals authorities refused to release his body unless the hospital dues were cleared. His family had to keep their fixed deposit certificates as a security, only then his body was released.

Sir, the West Bengal Government has passed an Act which seeks to bring more transparency in healthcare, ending harassment of patients and checking medical negligence in private hospitals and nursing homes. Private hospitals will now have to pay compensation in cases of medical negligence with fines as high as Rs 10 lakh or more.

Sir, similarly, there ought to be a Central law regulating private hospitals in terms of over-pricing of medical treatment, cancellation of licenses and payment of compensations in cases of medical negligence. Other States may want to enact law following the example set by Bengal. Finally, what we all need to understand is that health service is not a commercial proposition; it is a service which needs to be delivered with humility and a human touch.

I end with a Urdu couplet, Sir.


Aise mahol mein tabah kya hain, dua kya hain

Jahan qatil hi khud poochen ki hawa kya hain



WB CM launches new fleet of buses for Hooghly district

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched a fleet of 19 buses along 8 routes in Hooghly district today. The move is aimed at making transport even more hassle-free for common people.

She also inaugurated a host of other projects and laid the foundation stones for many more at a public function in Dankuni.

The Chief Minister inaugurated several road projects and laid the foundation stones for new madrassah buildings, hostels for minority students, tourist lodges at Furfura Sharif, Karma Tirtha, water supply projects and road projects.

WB CM distributed cycles to students under Sabuj Sathi scheme and land pattas to beneficiaries.


Highlights of her speech:

  • We have started a new scheme for the school students. We are giving bicycles to 40 lakh students.
  • By January, 25 lakh students will get cycles under Sabuj Sathi. By next year 40 lakh students will get cycles.
  • We have been able to provide benefits and services to 71% people in Hooghly district.
  • 19 new buses in 8 routes have been flagged off today for Hooghly district.
  • Schemes worth Rs 75 crore have been taken up for the area around Furfura Sharif.
  • At Arambagh I had laid foundation stones for projects worth Rs 400 crore.
  • From ITIs, Kisan Bazaars to Multi Super Speciality hospitals, we are working for people.
  • We have made beds and medicines free at government hospitals. We have started fair price medicine shops offering up to 70% discount.
  • Doctors have been asked to write generic names of medicines.
  • We have started a dialysis unit in Hooghly district. Procedures like these are available at discounted prices.
  • We have started fair price diagnostic centres that offer procedures like MRI and CT Scan at nominal prices. We have started CCUs also.
  • We are giving 30% subsidy and accidental insurance to self-help groups.
  • We have started Samajik Suraksha Scheme (Social Security Scheme) despite financial hardships.
  • We are paying for the sins of the CPM. We have increased revenues but Centre is taking away all our money.
  • I have only one goal in life. I will turnaround Bengal one day.
  • The students and youth of Bengal are our future. They will make us proud in the global stage.
  • You should be proud to say you belong to Bengal.
  • We have introduced reservation for OBCs and minorities without touching general category. We created infrastructure worth Rs 1000 Cr.
  • We are setting up 200 ITIs and polytechnic colleges, 176 Kisan Bazaars.
  • Dankuni-Furfura Sharif railway project was conceived by me.
  • We have started a new road project that will connect south and north Bengal.
  • We have increased medical seats from 1400 to 2900 in just four years.
  • There were only 30 govt colleges till 2011 in Bengal. We set up 45 new colleges in the last four years.
  • Dankuni has a huge potential. I ask the local municipality to work well.
  • Hooghly district has potential in agriculture, horticulture, cottage industries and tourism.
  • We have set up 5 new police commission rates, 75 new police stations, 88 fast-tracks.
  • We have started a housing scheme for police force.
  • CPM incurred huge debt in its final years so that the new government won’t be able to work.



Trinamool MPs criticise the Government on Railway Budget 2015-16

Updated at 5.00 pm, 12 March 2015. 

Trinamool MPs Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Ratna De Nag, Pratima Mandal ,Arpita Ghosh, Tapas Mandal and Mamtaz Sanghamitra spoke on the Railway Budget 2015-16 at Lok Sabha.

Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar slammed the Government for raising the freight charges, even when international fuel prices have declined.

“With an increase in the freight rates, core industries like, cement, kerosene, urea and food grains, is going to increase. This is going to hit badly, the common man as well as the industry. This will create a burden on the common man, because this will increase the price of the daily used commodities”, she said.

She drew attention to the fact that during the tenure of Mamata Banerjee as the Railway Minister the freight carrying capacity had increased by 35%, but during the last year there has been a fall in the capacity.

Click here for full speech of Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar.

Ratna De Nag also criticized the Government along similar lines pointing out that petty amounts were allocated to pending projects for the State of West Bengal.

“In 2014-15 Railway Budget only Rs 33.92 Crore was allocated whereas in 2015-16 Budget a meager sum of Rs 2.51 Crore is allocated. How can we complete this project with such a meager allocation? In the last budget a sum of Rs 184.70 Crore was sanctioned for coach rehabilitation factory in Anara but till March 2014 only Rs 8.29 Crore has been spent. I strongly urge the Railway Minister to allocate more funds and utilise the sanctioned fund”, she said.

Click here for full speech of Ratna De Nag.

Pratima Mandal urged the Railway Minister to introduce new galloping trains to Sealdah-Namkhana line and to extend the line to Bakkhali, which is a popular tourist spot of West Bengal. “Bakkhali is an attractive tourist stop, so that people from different parts of West Bengal can reach there easily. Kindly sanction funds for these two projects”, she said.

Click here for full speech of Pratima Mandal.

Arpita Ghosh slammed the  Government on meager allotment of funds for projects in West Bengal. Several projects of her Parliamentary constituency is pending and allocations have been cut down drastically. “Jab Mamata Di, Rail Mantri thi, unhone mere kshetra me pehli bar rail line layi thi aur kayi projects di thi, jaisa ki Balurghat Hili new rail line, new construction Itahar-Buniyadpur, new construction Buniyadpur, Kushmandi via Kishanganj, new construction Buniadpur wagon factory. Mamata ji Rail Mantrak chhorne ke baad se humare waha kaam bandh pare hai. Koi allotment nahi ho rahi hai. Ajeeb baath to yeh hai, ki kuch project ki zikar bhi nahi hai. Balurghat – Hili Rs 200 Crore ka project mein Mamata ji chhorne ki baad keval Rs 2 Crore mila hai”, she said.

Click here for full speech of Arpita Ghosh.

Tapas Mandal strongly criticised the Minister for ignoring West Bengal in the Railway Budget. He urged the Minister to finish the work of underpass in Ranaghat. “I want to draw you attention to the suburban railway stations. The toilets, the bathrooms of the suburban railway stations are in very bad conditions”, he said.

Click here for full speech of Tapas Mandal.

Mamtaz Sanghamita raised the issue of female security in local trains and the quality of food served in the platforms. “There is no local train between Durgapur to Bardhaman, Durgapur to Howrah, Katwa and Sealdah. There is urgent need of railway overpass in Kalna”, she said.

Click here for full speech of Mamtaz Sanghamita.