Will not allow communal tension in Bengal: WB CM

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee today said she will not allow anyone to incite communal tension in the state. She was speaking at ‘Progotir Pothe’, a felicitation programme organised by the Minority Development Department to honour achievers from the minority community in various fields.

She also said that in Bengal the government will not impose on people what to eat and what to wear.

WB CM congratulated the minority community for their good performance in WBCS; this year 26 out of 82 candidates who qualified the WBCS were from minority community. Four hundred students of the minority community qualified the MBBS examination and students also shined in the WBJEE examination.

She reiterated that she is working tirelessly for the development of the State, including minorities, despite the paucity of funds. The Chief Minister slammed the Left for leaving a huge debt legacy. She attacked the Centre for taking away every penny of the revenue of the State.

Se sought suggestions from various communities on welfare schemes and reiterated her commitment of providing speedy services to all.

She also highlighted the work done by the government in the last four years for the welfare of minorities:

  • We reviewed, surveyed and included Muslims under OBC reservation.
  • The budget of Minority Affairs Department from Rs 472 crore to Rs 2400 crore.
  • More than 50,000 people have performed Haj in the last four years.
  • 14,000 students were given education loans.
  • Minority Bhavans are being set up in the districts.
  • Government is working towards making Urdu the second language in minority-dominated areas.
  • 153 hostels for women from minority communities being set up.
  • A Urdu-medium Women’s College is coming up in Iqbalpur.
  • A pilgrim centre is being set up at Furfura Sharif.


WB CM felicitates achievers from minority community

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee felicitated as many as 169 members of the minority community for their achievement in various fields, during a programme at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here.

During the event, 25 students who had completed basic computer course under the Cybergram project of the state government were also rewarded. Three madrasa students were awarded for excellence in sports. One of them, Maqsood Alam Mollah had won a gold and a silver medal in cycling at the Paralympics held at Los Angeles in July. The other two — Rakibul Mollah and Biswajit Bauri – had been champion swimmers at the state level.

The West Bengal Chief Minister also honoured 25 members of minority community for clearing the state Civil Service Examination, 25 madrasa students for qualifying in the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination and 25 academic toppers from Aliah University. Besides these, there would be 60 individuals who would receive cheques of scholarships, talent support, loans and housing projects.

Nadimul Haque makes Special Mention on increased representation of minorities in PSUs | Transcript

Full transcript:

Sir, through you I wish to mention about worrisome low trend of representation of minorities in the public sector employment as well as in the central police forces which is only 7.8% and 9.9% respectively now.

Sir, there have been many studies conducted regarding the socio-economic condition of minorities and recommendations have been submitted to the Government and in those reports, it has been argued that minorities especially Muslims continue to be left out of both government jobs and the urbanisation wave.

Moreover, basic advantages of a better sex ratio and higher birth rate have been wasted due to lack of health facilities in areas dominated by Muslims and a high school drop-out rate. Sir, nearly six months have passed since the submission of Post-Sachar Evaluation Committee’s report but no action has been taken by the Government.

Sir, I wish to request the Government, through you, that it must incentivise both private and public sector companies to undertake large scale and strong affirmative action initiatives in skill trainings and employment opportunities for minority and especially Muslim youths. Also, there should be Government led planned recruitment drives in the time bound manner for them.

Finally, I wish to conclude by saying that the true idea of India resides in representation by we all, and it must be respected.

Thank you.

Development of minorities – Bengal shows the way

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee announced that the State has been ranked at No 1 in the current financial year in awarding scholarships to students of minority communities. A report was published on the website of the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India, featuring the statistics.




West Bengal Chief Minister wrote on Facebook:

“West Bengal ranks No 1 in the country in the current financial year in awarding scholarships to students of minority communities, as per web report of the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India.

Since May, 2011, we have sanctioned nearly Rs.1456 Crore scholarships to around 82 Lakh Minority students for their higher studies, which is an all time record.

Term loan and micro credit amounting to more than Rs.600 Crore have so far been provided to nearly 3 lakh 50 thousand minority community persons, which is also a record.

Bengal is also No 1 in the country in utilization of funds under MSDP for creation of long term assets in education, health, housing, drinking water etc sectors for minority communities.

We have brought 94.5% of the Muslim communities of the state under OBC and made provision for reservation in jobs and higher education without disturbing seats for general and other candidates.

State Budget for Minorities and Madrasah Education Department has been significantly raised from Rs.472 Crore in 2010-11 to Rs.2,383 Crore in 2015-16, almost four and half times increase.

Our government is fully committed to holistic development of our brothers and sisters belonging to minority communities and ensuring their well being”, said the West Bengal Chief Minister.