West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Chairperson Ms Mamata Banerjee today urged people to defeat the culture of bandhs. She was addressing a press conference at Nabanna regarding the bandh called by communist parties.
“We need to get rid of this bandh culture. Those who destroyed Bengal for 34 years are now destroying development,” she said.
She added, “We have not called a bandh since 2009. We are against this bandh culture. Bandhs do not offer any solution.”
Slamming the CPI(M), she said that those who destroyed the infrastructure and economy of the State for 34 years have to right to terrorise people with culture of violence and hooliganism.
“They are like Kumbhakarna. They sleep for 6 months and wake up one day for photo-ops for TV channels,” the CM said.
Reiterating that Trinamool is pro-people, pro-worker and pro-farmer, Mamata Banerjee said that issues must be sorted through dialogue and discussion.
“We also have several objections to labour laws reforms by Centre. We have written to them. We do not endorse bandhs,” she said.
The West Bengal government on Monday made it mandatory for all its employees to be present on September 2 when a nation-wide trade union strike has been called by central trade unions.
In view of the trade union strike all over the country on September 2, government offices, including those provided with grant-in-aid, would remain open and no leave would be granted on that day, a memo, issued by state Finance Department, said.
Moreover, the directive said that absence of employees on that date would be treated as ‘dies non’ and no salary would be admissible.
West Bengal Government will take every measure possible to foil the nationwide strike called by the central trade unions on 2 September.
The State Government will take all ensure that the strike doesn’t disrupt the normal activities.
State transport corporations will run additional fleet of buses and government offices, including those provided with grants-in aid by the State Government will remain open.
Leaves are never granted to State Government employees who go on any strike. Like previous occasions, Government would issue circular directing employees to compulsorily report to work.
The State Government officials have also spoken to private bus operators. It is expected that the private bus service will also be normal on the day. The State Government will also run extra buses and trams on the day so that common people are not affected.
West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee congratulates the people of Nadia for their innovative initiative “Sabar Souchagar” under “Mission Nirmal Bangla” which has been has shortlisted for the prestigious international UN Public Services Award, 2015.
The project has also been selected by Loughborough University, United Kingdom as “An Inspiring District Level Model for eliminating open defecation in India”. This will be presented at the 38th WEDC International Conference in London in July, 2015.
Nadia district has been in talks recently due its initiative for toilets for all i.e. “Sabar Souchagar” to make the district free from open defecation.
West Bengal Chief Minsiter Mamata Banerjee has given her best wishes to Team Nadia for this outstanding achievement.
The Chief Minister shared the news on social media: