WB CM’s north Bengal visit begins

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee has reached north Bengal for a four-day visit.

The Chief Minister is scheduled to inaugurate ‘Bengal Safari’ Park today on her way up to Darjeeling.

On January 22, she will be present at the foundation day celebration of the Sherpa Cultural Board and the prize distribution ceremony of the Himal Terai Dooars Sports Festival. Both the programmes will be held at St Joseph’s School in Singamari, Darjeeling.

On January 23, the Chief Minister will attend the 119th birth anniversary programme of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at Darjeeling Chowrastha, like previous years. The programme is organised by the Information and Cultural Affairs Department.

She will then leave for Sukna on January 24 to flag off a bicycle rally of students. The Chief Minister will return to Kolkata on the same day.


উত্তরবঙ্গ সফরে মুখ্যমন্ত্রী

২১ শে জানুয়ারি পশ্চিমবঙ্গের মাননীয়া মুখ্যমন্ত্রী শ্রীমতী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায় উত্তরবঙ্গ পরিদর্শনে যাচ্ছেন।

২১ শে জানুয়ারি বেঙ্গল সাফারি পার্ক উদ্বোধন করবেন  মুখ্যমন্ত্রী। সেখান থেকে তিনি দার্জিলিং এর উদ্দেশ্যে রওনা হবেন।

২২ শে জানুয়ারি শেরপা পর্ষদ বোর্ড-এর প্রতিষ্ঠা দিবসের অনুষ্ঠান এবং হিমাল-তরাই-ডুয়ার্স ক্রীড়া উত্সবের পুরস্কার বিতরণী অনুষ্ঠানে উপস্থিত থাকবেন মুখ্যমন্ত্রী। ২ টি অনুষ্ঠানই হবে দার্জিলিং-এর শিঙ্গামারির সেন্ট জোসেফ স্কুলে।

গত বছরের মত এ বছরও ২৩ শে জানুয়ারি তথ্য ও সংস্কৃতি দপ্তর আয়োজিত নেতাজির জন্মবার্ষিকী অনুষ্ঠানে দার্জিলিং এর চৌরাস্তায় উপস্থিত থাকবেন মুখ্যমন্ত্রী। এর পর তিনি শুকনার উদ্দেশ্যে রওনা দেবেন। ২৪ শে জানুয়ারি শুকনায় একটি বাইসাইকেল র‍্যালির পতাকা উত্তোলন করবেন তিনি।

একই দিনে মুখ্যমন্ত্রী কলকাতায় ফিরবেন।

WB CM conducts meeting of Tribes Advisory Council at Darjeeling

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday conducted a meeting with the Tribes Advisory Council (TAC) to discuss the welfare and advancement of the scheduled tribes in the state. The Chief Minister is on a three-day visit to the Hills.

After the meeting, the West Bengal Chief Minister said, “This is a routine meeting. A meeting of the same type had been earlier conducted in Jaldapahar, on Wednesday it was conducted in Darjeeling, and the next one will be conducted in Jangalmahal. We have done several development work for tribal people. The new tribes who pluck kendu leaves receive government premiums, and also receive a pension of Rs.2,00,000 once they reach 60 years of age. For the tribal families living in Jangalmahal, rice can be purchased at only Rs.2 a kilo”, adding, “Many advantages are given to the scheduled tribe and scheduled caste people with regard to employment as well. The tribal department provides pension to 1,30,000 people, among whom 200 are from the tea gardens and closed down factories.”

The West Bengal Chief Minister also said that a committee comprising a group of ministers has already been formed to look into the problems of the tea garden.”Tribal Bhawans are being constructed in six districts across Bengal. One is being constructed at Rajarghat in Kolkata as well,” she added.

In may be mentioned that Lal Kothi has seen the presence of eminent personalities like R Venkataraman, former President and Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister, in the past. The West Bengal Chief Minister, expressing happiness to be visiting Lal Kothi had said on Wednesday, that although she never got an opportunity to visit it previously, she had heard a lot about it. After the meeting, she went for a walk around Lal Kothi and remarked that the place is very beautiful. On completion of her tour around Lal Kothi, West Bengal Chief Minister headed towards Tiger Hill.

WB CM launches ‘Clean and Green Darjeeling’ project

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is currently on a 3-day Darjeeling visit today launched the ‘Clean and Green Darjeeling’ project at a function. 53000 toilets will built in Darjeeling as part of the project.

The ‘Clean and Green Darjeeling’ project is an edition of Nirmal Bangla, and in Darjeeling, it will be launched for the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) areas.

The West Bengal Chief Minister said that Bengal is No. 1 in Swachh Bharat campaign as three out of the top four districts in India are from the State. “I want Darjeeling to also become No. 1 in cleanliness drive” she said.

“We will employ 250 people under 100 Days’ Work scheme for cleanliness drive. This model is successful in Kolkata,” the CM added.

She also announced that Presidency University will set up a campus at Dow Hill and Kurseong will be developed as an educational hub.

“I have visited Darjeeling more than 50 times in the last four years. Darjeeling is smiling. My best wishes to all,” the CM said.

Bengal to get 10 more women police stations

10 more women police stations are coming up in West Bengal besides the existing 20.

The West Bengal Chief Minister had targeted to set up 65 such police stations across the State.  The government has approved the establishment of 330 posts under various categories for the new police stations. A woman police officer will head each of these police stations and majority of the other ranks will constitute of women also.

In the first phase 20 women police stations were set up at Howrah, Barasat, Baruipur, Asansol, Jhargram, Contai, Chinsurah, Krishnanagar, Siliguri and Jalpaiguri Sadar, sub-divisional headquarters of Burdwan Sadar, Medinipur Sadar, Purulia Sadar, Bankura Sadar, Darjeeling Sadar, Sreerampore (Hooghly), Suri (Birbhum), English Bazar (Malda), Diamond Harbour (South 24-Parganas) and Barrackpore (North 24-Parganas) have got such stations. Now, 10 new stations have opened at Bidhannagar and Durgapur Commissionerate, Cooch Behar, Balurghat, Raiganj, Berhampore, Kharagpur, Haldia, Uluberia and Arambag.  With these new stations the total number of all women police stations has reached to 30.

WB CM Ms Mamata Banerjee has been working relentlessly for the safety of women across the State. It was her idea to have all women police stations in the state to combat women related crimes. In a police station where women will not only feel free and safe to report criminal cases against them, but where such cases will also be dealt with immense sensitivity and compassion.

In another innovative step, the West Bengal Government is launching a special police cell to deal with highway accidents. This cell will be known as ‘Highway Traffic Police’. Along with investigating accident cases on highways, they will also take prompt action so that accident victims get immediate medical attention and effective rescue missions.