mamata banerjee

Urban poor in Bengal to come under the purview of Nija Griha Nija Bhoomi scheme

After successfully implementing the Nija Griha Nija Bhoomi scheme for the poor people in rural Bengal, the West Bengal Government has taken the initiative to provide homes and land pattas for the poor people even in the urban areas of the State.

The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting held at Nabanna on January 13, 2015.


Nija Griha Nija Bhoomi

Landless and homeless rural agricultural labourers, artisans and fishermen families who hold no other land in any capacity and the heirs of such persons, and residing on the land of other persons not having family relation (parental or maternal or in-laws) were earlier eligible for this scheme.

Through this project, BPL card holders in urban areas can now avail the Nija Griha Nija Bhoomi scheme. Ms Chandrima Bhattacharya, State Minister of Law, Judicial Affairs and Health, said that the state municipal affairs and urban development department will provide detailed guidelines regarding this and fix the criteria for the urban poor to get the benefits under this project.

Other Cabinet decisions

The State Cabinet also took a decision to revive State Dairy Durgapur Limited, which produces and markets dairy products.

It was also decided that 200 doctors will be recruited for ESI hospitals. The state government has taken the decision to increase the retirement age from 60 to 62 for ESI doctors.

Another decision was taken today during the state cabinet meeting to set up six new cyber crime police stations in West Bengal.