Cyclone Bulbul: Mamata Banerjee to visit affected areas

Bangla Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would conduct an aerial survey of the areas around Namkhana and Bakkhali in South 24 Parganas, which have been affected by Cyclone Bulbul.

“Due to the severe cyclonic storm Bulbul, I have decided to postpone my North Bengal visit in the coming week. Instead, tomorrow I would take an aerial survey of the affected areas around Namkhana and Bakkhali.

“Later I would take a meeting at Kakdwip with administration to review relief and rehabilitation measures of the cyclone-affected people. I am also planning to visit the cyclone-affected areas of Basirhat of North 24-Parganas on 13 November, 2019,” the Chief Minister tweeted.

She had been monitoring the situation at the control room set up in Nabanna throughout the night.

Didi to walk in protest rally against NRC

Trinamool Chairperson Mamata Banerjee will walk in a protest rally today against National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, which has excluded 19 lakh people. The rally will begin at Sinthi More and end at Shyambazar. Apart from Didi, elected representatives and party functionaries of Trinamool will be present in the rally.

Last week, the West Bengal Assembly had passed a resolution against implementation of NRC in the State. Didi had always maintained that NRC is nothing but political vendetta by the BJP-led government at the Centre.

After the final draft of NRC in Assam was published, she had tweeted: “The NRC fiasco has exposed all those who tried to take political mileage out of it. They have a lot to answer to the nation. This is what happens when an act is guided by an ulterior motive rather than the good of the society and the larger interest of the nation.”

She added, “My heart goes out to all those, especially the large number of Bengali speaking brothers and sisters, who are made to suffer because of this botched-up process.”


WB CM’s initiative helps girl get Cochlear implant

This is for the first time when the implant which costs Rs 10 lakh was installed free of cost of a girl coming from economically challenged background. The initiative was taken by the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The state health department on Wednesday installed Cochlear implant on a 7-year-old girl Swapnika Barik.

The girl’s mother Toton Ghosh Barick, a resident of Bansulia under Mahisadal police station in East Midnapore met Banerjee at her residence a few days after the election results.

Toton, deserted by her husband requested Banerjee to save the life of her daughter, who was born deaf. She said because of economic hardship it was not possible for her to undertake her treatment.

The CM who is looking after the health portfolio, sent Swapnika to SSKM hospital where Dr Arunava Sengupta, head of the department of ENT examined her and found that Cochlear implant was necessary to combat the problem.

Dr Sengupta on Wednesday installed the implant successfully. The seven-year-old got a new lease of life. When contacted Toton said: “It was didi who has given a new lease of life to my daughter. I never thought that Swapnika would ever hear anything. Didi is God to us.”


First published on 30 June, 2016 in Millennium Post


মমতায় স্বপ্নহারা জীবনে ফুটলো কথা

মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়ের সাহায্যে অবশেষে ভাষা খুঁজে পেল সাত বছরের স্বপ্ননীতা বারিক। সরকারি খরচে বুধবার এসএসকেএম-এ সফল অস্ত্রোপচার হল তাঁর৷

পূর্ব মেদিনীপুরে মহিষাদলের বাসিন্দা স্বপ্ননীতা। কিছু দিন আগে নির্বাচনের ফল ঘোষণার দিন স্বপ্ননীতার মা তোতন ঘোষ বারিক মুখ্যমন্ত্রীর বাসভবনে যান সাহায্যের আবেদন নিয়ে। তিনি জানান যে অর্থের অভাবে মেয়ের চিকি९সা করাতে পারছেন না তাঁরা।

মুখ্যমন্ত্রী সঙ্গে সঙ্গে সাহায্যের জন্য স্বাস্থ্য দফতরকে নির্দেশ দেন এবং তাকে এস এস কে এমের চিকিৎসক অরুণাভ সেনগুপ্তর কাছে পাঠান চিকি९সার জন্য। বরাদ্দ হয় ১০ লক্ষ টাকা৷

বুধবারই স্বপ্ননীতার সফল অস্ত্রোপচার করেছেন চিকি९সক অরুণাভ সেনগুপ্ত৷ ছোট বাচ্চাটির কানের হাড়ের ভিতর বসানো হয়েছে একটি ছোট যন্ত্র৷ তিন সপ্তাহ পর সেটিতে চার্জ দেওয়া হবে৷ তার জন্য কানের বাইরে লাগানো থাকবে একটি ইলেকট্রনিক ব্যাটারি৷ এর পরে বাচ্চাকে স্পিচ থেরাপি করাবেন এসএসকেএম-এর চিকি९সকরা৷ মুখ্যমন্ত্রীর সহায়তায় সাত বছরের এই মূক ও বধির শিশুটি নতুন করে তার জীবন ফিরে পেল।

তার মা বলেছেন, “দিদি আমার মেয়েকে নতুন জীবন দিয়েছে। আমি কোনদিন ভাবতে পারিনি আমার মেয়ে কথা বলতে পারবে”।

The Didi Interview

The Didi Interview

Q:  So how does it feel after the extra-long election?

A: It was a long campaign that lasted more than three months. We were not at all happy with the schedule. We respect the Election Commission but we feel having six to seven days of elections was not required. We are thankful to Maa Mati Manush. This is a victory for the people, this is a victory for development. This is a victory for peace and communal harmony. We want to thank the people of Bengal. They are the biggest pillars of democracy.

Trinamool won 184 seats in 2011 but we were in an alliance. This time, the CPI(M), the Congress and the BJP came together with an agenda to defeat us. The entire opposition was united against us. But people have given us a huge victory. They are our strength.

Q: Are you happier with the Trinamool’s return to power or are you happier with the CPI(M)’s gradual descent into oblivion? Do you think this is the end of the road for the CPI(M) in West Bengal?

A: This was an alliance of opportunism. Their objective was to grab power. The alliance did not have any ideology. Ideology-less politics is no politics at all. The Congress does not know who its friends are. The CPI(M) has lost everything. And the BJP also has not done well. The people have given them a strong message.

Q:  But there can’t be any vacuum in politics. Who do you think will occupy the opposition space? Will it be the Congress or will it be the BJP or will it be a little bit CPI(M), a little bit Congress and a little bit BJP in different areas?

A: There is no difference between the three parties. Their only goal was to try and defeat Mamata Banerjee and stop development in Bengal. We are ideologically opposed to the BJP. So there is no chance of supporting them. The CPI(M), the Congress and the BJP have an understanding. They are afraid of us. We will play an important role in national politics in the future. The people are with us.

Q: But the continuing violence gives your government a bad name. Why aren’t you coming out more openly against violence on the ground?

A: Our party is not involved in any violence. Trinamool is the most disciplined party. Even during the elections, when law and order was under the jurisdiction of the Election Commission, many of our party workers were killed. People have not yet for gotten the massacres in Nandigram, Singur, Netai, Keshpur and Garbeta. The memories of Sainbari, Marichjhanpi, Bantala, Dhantala, and the Ananda Margis being burnt to death, who can forget those dark days? 50,000 people were killed in political violence during CPI(M) rule. How many of them have got justice? Even FIRs were not lodged in the past. Now, even if our party’s people are involved in crime, they are arrested.

Q: Practically every home now has someone working outside. Earlier, it used to be the educated upper and middle classes going abroad for better education and/or job (say, the Amartya Sen class). But now, increasingly, even the lowermost class is quitting Bengal. There are now places in Kerala that have bus routes and advertisements in Bengali. You must be concerned?

A: It is wrong to say that industries are not coming to Bengal. Bengal’s growth rate (12.2%) is higher than the national average (7.3%) right now. Employment opportunities have been created for 69 lakh people. Bengal’s growth in the industrial sector is 10.5%, that of India’s is 7%. Bengal’s growth in the service sector is 13%, India’s is 9%. The Economic Survey of the Government of India says the lowest inflation in India is in Bengal. Expenditure on physical infrastructure has grown six times in the last four-and-a-half years. Revenue collection in Bengal has doubled in four years.

Q: Which is going to be the first big industry house that will now come to Bengal?

A: Industry does not only mean heavy industries. Bengal leads in terms of bank loans given to the medium and small-and-medium enterprises sector. Four hydel projects are coming up in North Bengal. NTPC is investing in the Katwa plant. A new power plant is coming up in Sagardighi. India’s largest coal block, Deocha Pachami, will create huge employment opportunities. The days of load-shedding are gone. Isn’t this a matter of pride?

Q: Are you concerned with the law and order situation? What will you do to prevent para-level extortion? Again, this gives your party a bad name.

A: Law and order has improved in Bengal. Kolkata is the safest metro for women. We have built 89 police stations, including 35 women’s police stations. Jangalmahal is smiling now. There is peace in the Hills. Now even family feuds, disputes between neighbours and clashes between clubs are portrayed as crimes committed by Trinamool.

Q: Voters, on the whole, may have rejected corruption as an issue but if you see the margins of victory in Kolkata and urban areas, is it not a cause for worry? This is the class that was your earliest backer.

A: This is all created by a section of the media. We are an honest, transparent party . Of course, in every family not all members can be perfect.One or two members may be bad. But that does not mean the whole family is bad. There may be some problems in 10 blocks out of 400 but that can be resolved. I am overseeing the entire organisation.

Q: Which department has worked efficiently? Which department has, according to you, failed to perform?

A: All our ministers performed well. We have done more than what we promised in our manifesto. Despite the huge burden of debt, we have worked tirelessly for the people. We have increased our income from revenue but the Centre has taken away over Rs 1.5 lakh crore from our coffers.

Q: Do we expect wholesale changes in the cabinet?

A: Be patient (smiles), wait for a few hours.

Q: Will you change your style of functioning? Will you be even more hands-on (like your ‘Consider me to be the candidate in all 294 seats’)?

A: We have conducted 105 meetings at the BDO level in districts. Earlier, people had to come to Kolkata for work but now the secretariat goes to the people. We have developed a three-tier administration – BDO-DM-CMO – like we have the three-tier panchayat system. We are committed to the socio-economic development of the people and will continue to work for them at the grassroot level.

Q: Do you think you have gone wrong somewhere? Is there anything you would have done differently?

A: We have fulfilled 99.99% of the promises we made in our manifesto. Soon after assuming office in 2011, we passed the Singur Bill. Although we did our part, the matter is still pending in court. It is our commitment to return the land to the unwilling farmers. We will fulfil it.

Q: What hurts you the most? Do you feel hurt by the snobbery of a class of people?

A: Yes. I have been in politics for several decades now but I have never seen so much of hate campaigns, abuses and conspiracies. There were attempts to mislead the people. This is shameful for politics. There was a smear campaign against us for the last two years. Canards were spread. There should be a Lakshman rekha in politics. We must stay within democratic and constitutional limits.

Q: What is your message to the people of Bengal?

A: We are thankful to them for rejecting the smear campaign and conspiracies. They are my strength. We will keep serving them and take Bengal to newer heights of development. We will do what it takes to make Bengal into Biswa Bangla.

Bengal is lucky that they have their Didi to take care of them

Prasenjit Kundu, a resident of Entally, would be grateful forever to at least one person, the person being none other than Didi.

Mamata Banerjee,  the West Bengal Chief Minister, was passing by Akashvani Bhavan in the Esplanade area, when she saw the youth lying beside the road and being tended to by passersby, after his motorbike had collided with a taxi.

Didi got down from her car immediately, in spite of her ever-busy schedule, and arranged for the injured man to be sent to SSKM Hospital with the help of her security personnel.

Time and again the city as well as the rest of Bengal has seen the humane side of the Chief Minister.

Primary school students are now being given shoes after Didi, in one of her trips to the districts, saw a few school students trudging to school on bare feet.

Even the bicycles for Sabuj Sathi, which are being distributed to students all over the State, became a reality when Didi was informed that girls and boys had to walk for miles to attend their schools.


মমতাময়ী মমতা

প্রসেনজিত কুণ্ডু এণ্টালির বাসিন্দা সাড়া জীবন অন্তত একটি মানুষের কাছে কৃতজ্ঞ থাকবেন, তিনি আরও কেউ নয় তিনি আমাদের ‘দিদি’।

মাননীয়া মুখ্যমন্ত্রী শ্রীমতী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায় আজ যখন নেতাজি ইনডোর স্টেডিয়ামের একটি অনুষ্ঠান সেরে ফিরছিলেন তখন আকাশবাণীর কাছে তিনি একজন পথচারীকে আহত অবস্থায় রাস্তায় দেখতে পান।সঙ্গে সঙ্গে গাড়ি থেকে নেমে তিনি সেই আহত প্রসেনজিত কুণ্ডুকে এস এস কে এম হাসপাতালে পাঠানোর সমস্ত রকম বন্দোবস্ত করেন, নিজের দেহরক্ষীদের দিয়ে।

মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়ের এই মানবিক মুখটি রাজ্যবাসীর কাছে একেবারেই অচেনা নয়।

এর আগে ও জেলা সফরে গিয়ে খালি পায়ে ছেলে মেয়েদের স্কুলে যেতে দেখে তাদের জন্যও নিখরচায় জুতোর ব্যবস্থা করেন তিনি।

এর আগে যখন জানতে পারেন যে দূরত্বের জন্যও ছাত্রছাত্রীরা স্কুলে অনেক মাইল হেঁটে যায় তখন তিনি সকল স্কুল পড়ুয়াদের জন্য সবুজ সাথী সাইকেলের ব্যবস্থা করেন।

Mamata Banerjee inaugurates several Durga Puja pandals in Kolkata

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee travelled far and wide, mapping the length and breadth of Kolkata, inaugurating Durga Puja pandals across the City of Joy.

Soaking herself in the festive spirit, she travelled from the eastern fringes to the southern corners, covering Baghbazar to Santoshpur, Kasba to New Alipore. Everywhere she went, she mingled with the crowd, greeted everyone and chanted the Durgastotram.

The Bengal Chief Minister, who is also a painter, began her inaugurations at Chetla Agrani Club on the auspicious occasion of Mahalaya.

The Chief Minister has also designed the cover of the Puja edition of the party mouthpiece Jago Bangla.

WB CM appeals for communal harmony during Durga Puja

West Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee appealed for maintaining communal harmony on Thursday. She was speaking during the inauguration of a Durga Puja Mandap at Ballygunge Cultural Association.

The Chief Minister has been inaugurating several Durga Puja pandals since Mahalaya. On Thursday she posted a Facebook posted with pictures of the inauguration.

She also appealed to Puja organisers seeking their cooperation in maintaining law and order. She said Maa Durga belongs to all.

Didi went to several mandaps in south Kolkata on Thursday; people turned up in large numbers to have a glimpse of Didi along with Maa Durga.

WB CM felicitates football legend Pele

His birthday is still be some days away but football legend Pele had the celebrations here on Monday, as Academy Award winning music composer A.R. Rahaman sang the ‘Happy birthday’ jingle, and former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly clapped in reverence.

Felicitated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Pele cut the birthday cake — in the shape of the Jules Rimet trophy that Brazil permanently won by triumphing in the 1970 World Cup – during a glittering ceremony at the Netaji Indoor Stadium, with thousands of fans of all ages chanting the legend’s name.

“We are indeed very happy to have Pele with us on the eve of Durga Puja, our biggest festival,” said the Chief Minister.

“Football pulsates us, thrills us. And Pele is an incredible icon in the world of football and sports. We are very very proud of him,” she wrote on her social media pages.

Mamata Banerjee Unplugged

Mamata Banerjee – she is the Chairperson of Trinamool Congress, the Chief Minister of West Bengal. She has been featured in TIME magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in the world. She is an epicentre of energy.

She is fondly called Didi by the people. Apart from her political self, there also is another Mamata Banerjee – one who loves to paint, write or play music on a tablet.

Here are some excerpts from an interview with Mamata Banerjee. Come discover the other side of Mamata…


Q: At the very outset, Didi wish you Shubho Noboborsho

MB: Subho Noboborsho to you too. I want to extend my greetings to Maa, Mati, Manush of Bengal. Noboborsho signifies the beginning of a new chapter. In the words of Tagore, “Esho esho, amar ghore esho”. I hope everyone stays healthy and safe.


Q: Is it true that you started your career as a teacher?

MB: I used to teach a few poor kids in my locality to run my family. My father had passed away when I was young. I had to pay for my education also. I loved teaching poor students who could not afford to go to schools. I have taught many students without taking any money.


Mamata Banerjee with school kids

Mamata Banerjee with school students


Q: Your life is one of struggle

MB: When my father was alive, there was no struggle. We managed well. My father was a very kind-hearted man. Whenever he got chocolates for us, he distributed the same to all kids in the locality. We have imbibed this habit from him.

I have spent all my life in Kalighat. I have grown up here. When Muktijuddho was going on, we were in school. My father used to listen to the news on the radio and tell us stories of Mukti Bahini and India’s freedom struggle. He used to tell us stories of Tagore, Nazrul, Masterda, Swami ji, Netaji.

This instilled the spirit of patriotism in me. After my father passed away, I decided to join Chhatra Parishad. We also saw the ugly side of politics in college. There was a lot of violence, we saw many people being led astray in Naxal movement.


Mamata Banerjee Hunger Strike

Mamata Banerjee on hunger strike


Q: You have a special attraction towards Birbhum, your mamabari

MB: It is not true. Entire Bengal, specially rural Bengal, enjoys a special place in my heart. I love all the districts. I have hardly stepped out of Bengal or  India. I love Bengal.

It is true that we used to spend our vacations in our mamabari. There we learnt the custom of Nabanna (spring harvest). Inspired by that I have named the Secretariat as Nabanna. Rural life was very simple.


Q: Your first political success came in 1984

MB: Chhatra Parishad unit in our college was always very proactive. We went through a lot of struggle. We were always ready for a political fight. Our struggle created an example for entire Bengal. We had dedication. We raised our own funds to run the organisation.

The plenary session of Congress was held in 1983. By that time I had taken active part in several movements against Left Front. Also, our family was always politically very aware. In the panchayat elections, I campaigned across Bengal with Subrata Da (Subrata Mukherjee).

I am a committed worker. When no one else was ready to fight against Somnath Chatterjee, and the party gave me the duty, I said yes.


Mamata Banerjee 1984

Mamata Banerjee elected to Parliament


Q: Your experience in Parliament at such an early age

MB: We came from a humble background. We had Bengali-medium education. My fear was how to speak in English. I spent a lot of time in the House and gained a lot of knowledge.

I remember a particular incident. People of Jadavpur had asked me to raise the issue of land for refugees. Half an hour discussion was going on in the Parliament. I demanded to raise the issue of giving land plots to refugees unconditionally. The Speaker asked me to submit a separate notice, which I did. That was the beginning of my stint in Parliament.


Q: The formation of Trinamool Congress in 1997

MB: I do not believe in bowing down. In 1997 when I noticed that my party leadership was just wasting time and was not eager to listen to our grievances, we decided enough is enough. We were determined to form a new party. Congress tried to prevent me from founding a new party. Even before Congress expelled me on 22 December, 1997, we submitted documents to the Election Commission.

Mamata Banerjee Nabaneer Widow

Mamata Banerjee with senior citizens during Durga Puja


Q: Emergence of the name Trinamool Congress

MB: In 1997, when the Congress convention was going on at Netaji Indoor Stadium, we organised an outdoor convention. We believed in working for grassroots people. We wanted to work for common people. That is why we chose the name Trinamool. Even the symbol represents ghasphool. The symbol was sketched by Ajit Da (Ajit Panja) and me.


Q: You spend Poila Boishakh and Durga Puja at home every year

MB:  I cannot stay anywhere else. I will always spend Poila Boishakh at home every year. Even Durga Pujo… I do not keep any engagement on such occasions. We even have Kali puja at home every year.


Mamata Banerjee kali puja

Mamata Banerjee offering prayers at Dakshineshwar


Q: Tell us about the Hazra attack in 1990

MB:  That was just a beginning. I have been through many attacks. I am committed to politics. There was an attack on us when were protesting against adulterated oil in Behala.

The government used to snoop on us. They had kept people to follow me wherever I went. They were plotting to kill us. Even Rajiv ji was aware of this and wanted me to take police protection.

There was a bandh on 16 August, 1990. My mother was apprehensive and did not want me to step out of home. I tiptoed out of the house without informing her. We took out a rally from Hazra when we were attacked by a gang of goons. I got blows on my head and started bleeding. I covered my head with my hand and saved myself.


Q: 21 July is a significant date in your political career

MB: On 21 July 1993, we had a rally to Writers’ Buildings. Thousands of people were marching with us. Police fired shots at us to disperse the crowds. I was beaten black and blue. Some CPM cadre may also have been there is uniform. They tried to kill me that day.

I can never forget the Garden Reach incident also. We went to meet a family which was the victim of CPM’s terror. They surrounded our car and pelted stones at us. They climbed the bonnet of the car and tried to assault us. Suddenly we heard gunshots. Somehow we managed to escape.


Mamata Banerjee Hazra

The Hazra attack, 1990


We had to undergo a lot of struggle. Some people who have got everything on a silver platter do not value the struggle we have undergone.  These are challenging years. Some media houses have taken up propaganda and slander. It is sad. We never cross our limits. These days they call us thieves and dacoits.

My life is one of struggle. I do not want to stop. Life means moving on. The more they attack us, the stronger our resolve will be. We have given the slogan “Bodla noy, bodol chai”. Despite the horror of 34 years of CPM rule, we did not harm their party workers. But today, people who cannot even win councillor elections are tearing our flags and playing the victim. This makes me sad as well as angry.


Q: Any regrets in life?

MB: Whatever I have achieved in life is because of the blessings of people. Since we had a humble upbringing, we have learned to be simple, we learned to respect everyone. During our childhood, we did not have any scope of education in English. But children are lucky now. I tell people there is no need to be afraid of grammar. No one speaks perfect and grammatically correct English.


Q: You have named your bag Jangalmahal

MB: (Laughs) I love Jangalmahal. It is my pride. In the bag I carry everything that I need in my daily life. I even carry medicines; once they came in handy when I cured a reputed doctor of pain in his waist (smiles).


Mamata Banerjee Jangalmahal Bag

Mamata Banerjee with her bag


Q: You can also cook well

MB: When I was in Delhi, I used to cook regularly. Not anymore. Whenever I get time, I try to cook. It is an art. I love to do housework also.


Q: Pressure tactics by other parties don’t work on you

MB: I cannot be intimidated. No one can use pressure tactics to make me do something. If you show me CBI, ED etc. I will show you the power of people. Democracy is of the people, for the people, by the people. They are my strength. I bow my head to them.


Q: At any public event, you never sit still at one place

MB: I believe in direct eye-to-eye interaction with the public. I can never read out from any paper. This is my habit. If I am standing on the left, the people on the right cannot see me, and vice versa. So I like to go around the stage. I believe in being spontaneous.


Mamata Banerjee with kids

Mamata Banerjee with kids in north Bengal


Q: You have lost weight. You hardly eat and survive only on tea. You also walk a lot…

MB: (Smiles) I walk on the treadmill for 8 KM in the morning. I love to walk. It has become my habit. I love to eat muri and fish at night. I do not eat junk food.


Q: Your idols in life:

MB: It is a huge list that includes Rabindranath, Nazrul, Netaji, Masterda, Swami ji, Ramakrishna, other dharma gurus… Who do I name and who do I leave out?


Q: You also love music…

MB: Yes, I love music. I listen to music whenever I am travelling. It is my life. It is an inspiration. It rejuvenates my mind. I listen to all genres of music. My father had a lot of LP records; I imbibed my love for music from him.

Sometimes I play music on the tablet when I have time. I also check Twitter, Facebook whenever I get time. I do not watch any news channels. I derive information on what is happening around the world from these social media channels.


Mamata Banerjee nature

Mamata Banerjee capturing a slice of nature

Q: You are a great writer. Please read a few lines of your poem for us

MB: Here are a few lines from my favourite poem Mati:

Mati amar moner fosol

Mati amar bhor

Mati moder matribhumi

Mati moder jor.

E mati moder Lokkhir panchali

E mati Saraswati

E mati sobar, tomar-amar

E mati bhobisyoter goti.

Surge of development in Darjeeling will continue: WB CM

WB CM Mamata Banerjee today addressed a meeting of the Tamang community at Darjeeling. She announced that like last year, this year too the West Bengal Government will allocate Rs 5 crore to the Tamang community for building houses for the poor people.

“I love my brothers and sisters of Darjeeling. They are sweet, innocent, lovable and affectionate towards me. We are extending all help possible for the development of Darjeeling. I love Darjeeling. Kanchenjunga is smiling” she said.

“A new medical college is coming up in Kurseong and a multi specialty hospital will also be set up in the Hills. We will create new tourist spots in the Hills so that more employment is generated. The Hills are also educational hubs. So many reputed schools are here”, she added.

WB CM Mamata Banerjee focused on areas of development in tourism and creating an educational hub. Schools, hospitals, power stations and drinking water projects are being set up in the hills, which will create employment. She said, “I work for all communities and religions living in Darjeeling. Your culture is very high. Preserve your heritage. Whether it is Independence Day or Republic Day, Darjeeling always holds a prominent place in the celebrations.”

The hills have always been close to WB CM Mamata Banerjee. Bringing peace, increasing footfall of tourists and having a holistic development to the hills were a challenge for the new government, which was successfully addressed by WB CM Mamata Banerjee. She as a Chief Minister has visited the hills more than 40 times and addressed the issues of development and gained the confidence of the people.