WB CM plants seeds for a Neem forest

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday inaugurated the Neem Banani Programme – an initiative to grow a neem forest – at Gopiballavpur in Jhargram, West Midnapore.

The PC Chandra Group is partnering the state in the project and committed to provide 1 lakh neem saplings.

It has already handed 35,000 neem saplings to the forest department for plantations at Alipurduar, Goal tore, Bagnan, Kalyani, Jharkhali and Kolkata (Eco Park in New Town) in JulyAugust this year. The balance saplings will be handed over to the forest department next year.

The neem forestry project aims to cleanse and rejuvenate the environment by reaping the benefits of the wonder tree whose medicinal and environmental benefits are well documented.

There can be no politics over development: WB CM in Jangalmahal

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee today said that in a democracy there can be no politics without people and it was her social responsibility to work for them. She was addressing a public rally at Gopiballavpur in West Midnapore district.

After inaugurating a bouquet of projects at the venue, the Chief Minister highlighted the various schemes started by her in the past four years. She said that the GSDP growth of Bengal was higher than the national average. Despite paying off crores of rupees as installments for debt incurred by the CPM, a lot of new roads, schools, colleges were built, she maintained.

“We have started 13 new universities in four years. Polytechnic colleges are coming up in every sub-division. We started fair price medicine shops. Beds are given for free in Bengal hospitals. We have started setting up fair price diagnostic centres. Poor people can now afford MRI, CT scans, dialysis,” she said.

“We have set up critical care units across districts and sub-division. Poor people get healthcare for free. We have started a Mother and Child Hub. We started a Breast Milk Bank, Cord Blood Bank. We started Shishu Sathi scheme. Surgeries for cardiac problems in kids are performed for free,” she added.

The Chief Minister said that land and forest pattas have been distributed to over 3 lakh people in the State. 3.2 crore people out of 9 crore people in Bengal get rice at Rs 2/kg, despite lack of funds from Centre, she added.

“From agriculture to schools & colleges, Karma Tirtha to tourism, we are working for all round development. I do not believe in politics. I work for Maa, Mati, Manush. We are all Paschim Banga parivar,” Mamata Banerjee said.

WB CM launches Sabooj Sathi project at Gopiballavpur

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, currently on a visit to Jangalmahal, today launched the Sabooj Sathi project. She inaugurated a project of Neem plantation from Gopiballavpur in West Midnapore district.

The West Bengal Chief Minister held a review meeting for the developmental works in the district and later during a public meeting at Chhatinashol, at 2 PM, she inaugurated and laid foundation stones for a bouquet of projects.

The projects WB CM inaugurated today include water supply projects, boys’ hostels, girls’ hostels, flood relief centres, Krishak Bazaars, road projects and irrigation projects among others.

The West Bengal Chief Minister also laid foundation stones for water supply projects, a marketing hub cum training centre, several government buildings, a GNM training centre and a girls’ hostel at Jhargram hospital among other projects.

The CM also distributed several services including cycles to students under Sabuj Sathi, Kanyashree, Yuvashree, Sikshashree, equipments to fishermen, Kisan and artisan credit cards, different agricultural machineries and equipments, pattas, saplings and a host of other such services.