WB Govt plans to organise a global education summit

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee has shown a lot of interest in organising a global education summit in the State. The State Education Minister, Partha Chatterjee, announced last Friday that the Government is going ahead with this.

Educationists from all over the world would congregate to discuss the current state of education. The primary aim of the State Government behind organising this summit is to improve the quality of education and the educational infrastructure in West Bengal.

Importantly, the Education Minister said that researchers and educationists who have left the State in search of better opportunities would be invited too. According to him, this summit would give a clearer picture of where West Bengal stands in terms of the state of education and hence, give pointers to the areas in which improvements need to be made.

The West Bengal Education Commission has already been created to provide a basis for the future of education in the State.


আন্তর্জাতিক শিক্ষা সম্মেলন করতে ইচ্ছুক রাজ্য সরকার

শিল্পের পর এবার শিক্ষা সম্মেলন করার পথে রাজ্য সরকার। শিক্ষামন্ত্রী পার্থ চ্যাটার্জি গত শুক্রবার জানিয়েছেন যে রাজ্যে শিক্ষা সম্মেলন করা হবে।

দেশ–বিদেশের শিক্ষাবিদদের নিয়ে আলোচনা হবে এই সম্মেলনে। পশ্চিমবঙ্গের শিক্ষাব্যবস্থার মান ও পরিকাঠামো উন্নয়নে এই শিক্ষা সম্মেলন উল্লেখযোগ্য ভূমিকা নেবে।

শিক্ষামন্ত্রী জানান যে এই সম্মেলনে দেশ এবং বিদেশের বিভিন্ন বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের উপাচার্য এবং শিক্ষাবিদদের আমন্ত্রণ জানানো হবে। এই সম্মেলনে রাজ্যের শিক্ষাব্যবস্থার সম্পূর্ণ চিত্রটি যেমন তুলে ধরা হবে, তেমনি অন্য রাজ্য বা দেশের তুলনায় কোন কোন ক্ষেত্রে আমরা পিছিয়ে রয়েছি, কোথায় খামতি আছে, কেন ঘাটতি তাও জানা যাবে। শিক্ষার কোনও একটি স্তর বা ক্ষেত্রকে আরও উন্নত করতে শিক্ষাবিদদের সঙ্গে মত বিনিময়েরও সুযোগ তৈরি হবে।

আগামী দিনে রাজ্যের শিক্ষাব্যবস্থার রূপ কী হবে, তা ঠিক করতে ইতিমধ্যেই শিক্ষা কমিশন গঠিত হয়েছে।


West Bengal plans minimum wage laws for domestic help

The West Bengal government is considering framing laws to determine wages of domestic help, and has asked departments for their feedback on the subject, a minister said on Wednesday.

“Fixing wages is under consideration, and we have asked for feedback from various departments, including social welfare and labour, on this matter,” state Labour Minister Moloy Ghatak told a news agency.

He said the government was looking into various aspects before finalising a directive or regulation since there were different natures of work done by domestic help.

“The issue of non-standardised work hours is there. While some of them work in a household, attending to its sweeping needs, others may work as cooks etc. Besides, there is no particular time of work for them,” he said.

Ghatak said the state government has already framed laws over health benefits and other social sector schemes for the unorganised work force in the state.

“We already have these schemes running and the domestic help can avail these schemes,” he said.

Maidservants across the state have been asking the state to determine their wages, and are also pressing for several social sector benefits.

WB FM holds fruitful meeting in Delhi, 38 projects cleared

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee, during her 3-day visit to the National Capital, held a meeting on Monday with the Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar regarding clearance for several investment proposals for the State.

State Finance and Industries Minister, Dr Amit Mitra followed up with the Union Minister on the status of projects submitted for clearance.

Thirty eight projects cleared

“These projects, once cleared, will generate a lot of investment to the State and create huge employment opportunities,” said Dr Mitra.

During the meeting, the Union Minister informed Dr Amit Mitra that the Centre has cleared 38 projects which include 5 State PSU projects, 19 private projects and 14 Central PSU projects. These projects were cleared with the effort of the State government.


List of Central PSU projects include:

  • ONGC – 4 projects
  • NTPC – 1 project
  • IISCO – 2 projects
  • DVC – Bankura Project
  • Eastern Coal Fields Ltd
  • Durgapur Steel Expansion among others


List of Private projects include:

  • Larsen & Tubro Power Development Ltd
  • Orissa Metaliks Pvt Ltd
  • Rashmi Cement Ltd
  • Rashmi Mitaliks Ltd
  • Bengal Emta Coal Mines Ltd
  • Alpine Distilleries Pvt Ltd among others


Mega Ganga cleaning project

The State government has also submitted a proposal worth Rs 13000 crore to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for cleaning the Ganga.

The mega Ganga cleaning plan involves 41 municipalities (for solid waste management), 780 industrial units (for affluent treatment). A report has been submitted to the Centre urging it to clear it through the NGT.

When it comes to environmental responsibility, the West Bengal Government has been proactive; the Ganga cleaning proposal is a perfect example of a concrete step taken by the government.

Bengal to get 10 more women police stations

10 more women police stations are coming up in West Bengal besides the existing 20.

The West Bengal Chief Minister had targeted to set up 65 such police stations across the State.  The government has approved the establishment of 330 posts under various categories for the new police stations. A woman police officer will head each of these police stations and majority of the other ranks will constitute of women also.

In the first phase 20 women police stations were set up at Howrah, Barasat, Baruipur, Asansol, Jhargram, Contai, Chinsurah, Krishnanagar, Siliguri and Jalpaiguri Sadar, sub-divisional headquarters of Burdwan Sadar, Medinipur Sadar, Purulia Sadar, Bankura Sadar, Darjeeling Sadar, Sreerampore (Hooghly), Suri (Birbhum), English Bazar (Malda), Diamond Harbour (South 24-Parganas) and Barrackpore (North 24-Parganas) have got such stations. Now, 10 new stations have opened at Bidhannagar and Durgapur Commissionerate, Cooch Behar, Balurghat, Raiganj, Berhampore, Kharagpur, Haldia, Uluberia and Arambag.  With these new stations the total number of all women police stations has reached to 30.

WB CM Ms Mamata Banerjee has been working relentlessly for the safety of women across the State. It was her idea to have all women police stations in the state to combat women related crimes. In a police station where women will not only feel free and safe to report criminal cases against them, but where such cases will also be dealt with immense sensitivity and compassion.

In another innovative step, the West Bengal Government is launching a special police cell to deal with highway accidents. This cell will be known as ‘Highway Traffic Police’. Along with investigating accident cases on highways, they will also take prompt action so that accident victims get immediate medical attention and effective rescue missions.