Six houseboats during the Pujas

The government is introducing houseboats across Bangla to attract more tourists. Six would be introduced during the Pujas. Two more would be introduced later.

The new services would be started in Kolkata, Chandannagar, Gajoldoba and Mukutmanipur. Later, houseboat service would be introduced on several other rivers in the districts.

Of the six, two houseboats would be used by the Forest Department. Two are meant for hosting small functions, with each having a capacity for 70 people. The rest two are meant for all tourists, with one to be kept in Gajoldoba and another in Mukutmanipur. In the next phase, a houseboat would be introduced at the Maithon Dam.

Source: Ei Samay

State Govt to issue digital ration cards from Sep 9 to 27

The Food and Supplies Department has taken up a special programme for issuing, replacing and updating digital ration cards. An advertisement has been issued in this regard.

The programme will run from September 9 to 27. The digital ration cards will be issued from 10.30am to 5pm, except Sundays and public holidays, from the local BDO, municipality and borough offices.

The advertisement has requested all the people who have not yet enlisted themselves under the Khadya Sathi Scheme to come to the designated offices and get their digital ration cards.


State Govt giving ‘Career Talk’ in schools and colleges

The Labour Department has started giving ‘Career Talk’ in schools and colleges across the State. The aim is to reach out to students and guide those who are at the threshold of entering the job market.

Motivation, counselling and guidance for career building are being given to the job-seekers. The workshops are meant for creating awareness about employment trends in the job market.

In the last financial year (2018-19), around 494 such sessions have been organised, in which as many as 37,683 candidates have taken part. The department has spent Rs 10.9 lakh for organising such programmes.

Source: Millennium Post


State Govt giving Rs 8,000 cr loan to farmers

The State Cooperation Department is giving a total of Rs 8,000 crore as loan to farmers. This was announced by the State Cooperation Minister at a Government function in Bardhaman district recently.

He said that last year the amount loaned out was Rs 1,200 crore. Therefore, there will be a massive 45 per cent increase.

The State Cooperation Department has given a lot of help to farmers over the last few years, from giving loans to farmers to opening new cooperative banks to extend banking services to the far corners of the State through customer service points (CSP).

The minister mentioned that the 2,631 CSPs opened in the last two years by the State Government enabled basic banking services to be extended to rural regions.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been requesting the Centre for a long time for banking services for the rural population of Bangla, but many areas are still bereft of such services. Hence, it has been mainly her active effort that has enabled the opening of so many CSPs.


Source: Bartaman


State Govt devices plan to bolster security of its websites

The State Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E) Department has decided to conduct a comprehensive audit of State Government websites to secure them from cyberattacks to the maximum extent.

This was announced by the additional chief secretary, IT&E Department, at recent symposium organised by a non-profit platform dedicated to cybersecurity.

For conducting the audit, the department enlisted some certified auditing firms. These auditing companies will educate the developers of the websites on the preventive measures that should be taken to make the websites safer and secure from cyberattacks.

The IT&E Department has already issued an advisory to all the government departments to switch over to Internet Protocol Version (IPV) 6 from IPV 4 to enhance data security and at the same time, make it easier for the police to detect fraudsters.

Source: Millennium Post

State Govt setting up met observatories for farmers

The Agriculture Department is installing as many as 180 meteorological observatories in the agricultural farms and research stations across Bangla to study the weather conditions beforehand and issue guidelines to the farmers as to what measures have to be taken.

Weather system is one of the most important factors that determine the production of crops. Farmers often incur huge losses due to damage caused by shortage of rainfall as well as excessive rainfall, hailstorms, etc., and hence it would help immensely if the department provides them prior information.

Each meteorological observatory has a rain gauge station. Besides rain, they will record temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction of wind.

The weather data collected from these observatories will not only serve the research and extension wings of the Agricultural Department but also fulfil the needs of other departments, local administration, universities and research organisations as well.

The feedback given by these observatories will also be utilised for crop insurance, which the State Government pays in full for most farmers.

Source: Millennium Post

State Govt plans increasing greenery in schools 

During her speech at Nazrul Mancha on August 1, at the conclusion of the ‘Save Green, Stay Clean’ walk, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had appealed to children to take an active part in ‘greening’ in their own ways.

Following her words, the Forest Department has drawn up a plan for improving the green cover in schools. 

In the first phase, schools are being identified in and around Kolkata where the project would be initiated.

Trees would be planted on the ground wherever space is available. And where not, alternative methods would be devised, like setting up green walls, vertical gardens, rooftop gardens, kitchen gardens, medicinal gardens and butterfly gardens.

The department has also decided to plant more guava, mango, blackberry, star apple (jamrul) and jackfruit, and also several types of flowering trees.

Source: Ei Samay


State Govt decides to fill up more than 30,000 vacancies

The Bangla Government has decided on a programme of recruitment to fill up more than 30,000 vacancies in various departments that have arisen over the last few years.

The government has been regular in conducting recruitments but despite that these vacancies have remained and so this new programme has been decided upon. Filling up these vacancies would enable the government to provide better services to the people.

According to the official notification brought out, there are 33,687 vacancies in groups A, B, C and D.

Of these, 18,527 are for the general category and 15,160 are reserved, of which, 7,411 are for SCs, 2,011 are for STs and 5,728 are for OBCs. Of the total number, 1,347 are reserved for the differently abled.


State Govt promoting herbal colours for a safe Dol Jatra

The State Food Processing and Horticulture Department is promoting the use and sale of herbal colours for Dol Jatra celebrations.

The herbal aabir, as the colours used in the festivities are called, are manufactured by a self-help group (SHG) and are being sold at Mayukh Bhavan in Salt Lake, which houses the Horticulture Department.

The counter will remain open till today (March 20). The price of the herbal colours has been fixed at Rs 30 per 100 grams.

The members of the SHG responsible for manufacturing the herbal colours have received training from Jadavpur University. The colours are extracted from flowers and mixed with talcum powder and arrowroot to manufacture the finished product, said the head of the SHG.

There are five varieties of aabir – green, orange, pink, yellow and violet, extracted from rose, marigold, palash, aparajita and balsam, respectively.

State Govt launches Silpa Disha app for MSME sector

The State Government has launched an app, Silpa Disha to enable communication between small investors and the State Government. The app is run by the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises and Textiles (MSME&T) Department.

Importantly, communication here includes the conveying of any grievances that micro, small and medium enterprises might have. Through the app, the issues are submitted to the department and the MSME Directorate. The status of the issue submitted can be tracked with the help of a docket number.

The government has always been open about solving industry-related issues promptly, and this app is another example of that approach.

Grievances related to land, power, infrastructure, pollution certification and several more aspects can be submitted through Silpa Disha.

It is significant to note that around 100 questions, mostly related to land, have come through the app from across the State, which officials of the department and directorate have answered through the app.

As of now, questions are answered during working hours. However, soon officials would be appointed for a 24-hour query-solving system.

The app can be downloaded by clicking here

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