WB CM writes to PM on scholarships for minority students

West Bengal Chief Minister has written to the Prime Minister on the problems faced by around four lakh students from Bengal, belonging to the minority community, registered with the National Scholarship Portal.

She suggested that the scholarship funds be given through Direct Benefit Transfer instead of sending cheques through the National Scholarship Portal.
She pointed out in her letter that the she had written to the Centre earlier on this issue. Trinamool MPs from Bengal had also raised the plight of the students with the Union Minister of Minority Affairs, but nothing has been done yet.
Trinamool has again given a Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha to highlight the issue.

সংখ্যালঘু বৃত্তি নিয়ে প্রধানমন্ত্রীকে চিঠি দিলেন মুখ্যমন্ত্রী

রাজ্যের সংখ্যালঘু ছাত্রছাত্রীদের বৃত্তির টাকা পেতে সমস্যার কথা জানিয়ে প্রধানমন্ত্রী নরেন্দ্র মোদিকে চিঠি দিলেন পশ্চিমবঙ্গের মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দোপাধ্যায়৷ রাজ্যের প্রায় চার লক্ষ সংখ্যালঘু ছাত্রছাত্রী যে ‘ন্যাশনাল স্কলারশিপ পোর্টাল’ থেকে বৃত্তির আবেদন করতে গিয়ে প্রতিনিয়ত সমস্যার সম্মুখীন হচ্ছেন।

তিনি প্রস্তাব করেন যে, ন্যাশনাল স্কলারশিপ পোর্টালের মাধ্যমে ছাত্রছাত্রীদের চেক দেওয়ার পরিবর্তে তাদের ডাইরেক্ট ট্রান্সফারের মাধ্যমে ব্যাঙ্ক অ্যাকাউন্টে স্কলারশিপের টাকা দেওয়া হোক।

তিনি তার চিঠিতে উল্লেখ করেন করেন যে এবিষয়ে আগেও তিনি প্রধানমন্ত্রীকে চিঠি লিখেছেন। উল্লেখ্য, এর আগেও তৃণমূল সাংসদরা কেন্দ্রীয় সংখ্যালঘু বিষয়ক মন্ত্রীর সঙ্গে এই বিষয়ে আলোচনা করেছিলেন এবং তাঁর কাছে শিক্ষার্থীদের দুর্দশার বিষয়টি উত্থাপন করেছিলেন কিন্তু কোন সুরাহা হয়নি।

এই ইস্যু তুলে ধরার জন্য তৃণমূল রাজ্যসভায় একটি জিরো আওয়ার নোটিশ দিয়েছে।



Nobody can dictate what to wear or eat: Mamata Banerjee at Furfura Sharif

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee today slammed the divisive forces in the country and the growing intolerance in India. She said no one has the right to dictate others what to eat or what to wear. Making a strong case for freedom of religion, she said that unity is strength and divisiveness spells doom.

Speaking at an event on the occasion of Minority Rights Day at Furfura Sharif, WB CM said under her government the budget of minority affairs department had increased five fold. “Few days ago a delegation of our MPs visited the Union Minister of Minority Affairs. They asked her to increase quota for scholarships,” she added.

WB CM announced the formation of Furfura Sharif Development Authority headed by Firhad Hakim. She allotted Rs 10 crore for the working of the board.

“Everybody has a right to religion. You can practice your faith freely. Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Isaai. Apas mein rehna bhai bhai,” the Chief Minister said.

Mamata Banerjee added: “We do not support Dadri killing. It is my right to eat fish. You can eat whichever meat you want. Some people wanted meat ban in Bengal during Durga Puja. I asked them will you ask a ban on fish? Don’t vegetables have life? Even plants have life. Will you ask people to stop eating vegetables? You eat what you want. Let others eat what they want.”

Vocally supporting the idea of ‘Sarva Dharma Samanyay’ she said, “Some people call their mother Ma, some call her Ammi. You cannot divide your mother. This is what Ramakrishna preached.”

In her speech, WB CM also listed the various initiatives by her government for minority development:

  • We have initiated several schemes worth Rs 75 crore at Furfura Sharif
  • We have increased budget for minority department five fold from Rs 470 Cr to Rs 2400 Cr
  • The Left distributed scholarships to 8 lakh minority students in last 4 years. We distributed scholarships to 84 lakh students
  • We have started Aliah University. Over 10000 people from Bengal went for Haj pilgrimage
  • We have introduced reservation for OBCs and minorities without touching general category
  • We have given computers to madrassahs. We are ready to recognise unaided madrassahs but we are unable to pay their salaries
  • Polytechnic colleges and ITIs are coming up. We are setting up Karma Tirthas where the youth will get jobs
  • We have built several hostels for students. We have built Minority Bhavan in 17 districts
  • We have given second language status to Urdu. We have set up Urdu Academy
  • We have instituted a Chair after Iqbal at Aliah University. He penned “Saare Jahaan Se Achha”

WB CM announces Rs 5 crore grant to set up scientific innovation centre

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced a Rs five crore grant to Jagadish Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS) in Rajdanga, Kolkata, for setting up an innovation centre for young talents.

“In order to increase interest among children in science and scientific activities, we have decided to give Rs five crore to JBNSTS for setting up an innovation centre,” the Chief Minister informed. “The fund will be given in two phases by the education department,” she said after attending a meeting of the JBNSTS governing body, of which she is the president.

Founded in 1958, and enjoying the status of a status of a “special institution” granted by the state government, the JBNSTS has been working towards identifying young talents in the fields of science, engineering and medicine and nurture them into scientists and technologists.

On Tuesday, the Chief Minister attended the governing body meeting for nearly 25 minutes and promised members that she would attend such meetings at least once a year.

The State Government would also give another Rs 38 lakh annually to JBNSTS, an autonomous registered society promoted by the West Bengal government, for introducing scholarships for 100 students of Classes XI and XII a monthly stipend of Rs 500. She said the institute would get Rs 5 crore to build a five-storeyed building as part of its expansion plans.

The Chief Minister interacted with students from the districts of Nadia, Purulia and Bankura, who are attending a camp for research, library support and training.