Chief Minister stresses more awareness about schemes at Uttarkanya admin meeting

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is currently on a tour of North Bengal. A day after she participated in a Bijoya Sammilani celebration at Siliguri Police Line, she held an administrative review meeting at Uttarkanya today at which officials from the districts of Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Cooch Behar took part. She repeatedly reminded the officials to build greater awareness about the various schemes and projects that the State Government has undertaken for them.

Highlights of her meeting:

1. The news media must play a constructive role.

2. You have to ensure that people are getting job cards under the 100 Days’ Work Scheme, farmers are getting money under crop insurance and women from eligible families are getting Swasthya Sathi health insurance cards.

3. Voters’ lists must be verified carefully. If a necessary document has been lost, a police complaint must be lodged. Documentary proof for including names in the voters’ lists include driving license, Aadhaar card, PAN card, Swasthya Sathi card and others. Seniors officials like BDOs, BLROs, SDOs, DMs and others must help the people by issuing proper instructions.

4. A lot of names get missed out during the national census. I am asking the officers to ensure that no person in Bangla gets left out. Duplicated inclusions must be removed.

5. There will be no NRC in Bangla. Implementation depends on the State Government. There is no question of setting up detention camps.

6. Ration card is a valid identity proof in its own right. If there are mistakes on it, they must be corrected. There is no connection with NRC regarding this.

7. Till date, Rs 2,500 cr has been spent on disaster relief.

8. The State’s voters’ lists will be updated through special camps to be organised from November 5 to 30.

9. You have to ensure that people are getting money from crop insurance claims. Work in this regard will start from November 1. Under the Krishak Bandhu Scheme, 40 lakh farmer families in the State have been included.

10. It must be ensured that members of scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, Adivasis and other backward castes face no problem getting caste certificates.

11. Under Swasthya Sathi, 4.89 lakh names have been included, 25,000 have benefitted, Rs 13 crore has been disbursed.

12. Under 100 Days’ Work Scheme, out of five lakh eligible people, two lakh have been provided jobs.

13. People working in roadside tea shops and dhabas and petrol pumps are being trained as ‘pathasathis’ to help people involved in road accidents. For this purpose, they would be given phones.

14. People must be made aware about the human milk bank, Madhur Sneha and Cord Blood Bank.

15. Many young women work under the MSME scheme, Bangla Haat. This would be linked to Biswa Bangla stores.

16. People have earned a total of Rs 15,000 crore during Durga Puja because of festival-related work.

17. Through the leather complex in Kolkata, Karmadiganta, five lakh youths would get jobs.

18. After the opening of Bhorer Alo Flyover, it would be possible to reach Siliguri in half an hour from Gajoldoba.

19. You have to ensure that the tea industry remains in good health. Members of various merchants’ chambers of commerce have to work together to ensure that. Tahe State Government will make land available in and around tea gardens to start horticultural practices.

20. It may not be possible to have a Silicon Valley here, but the place can easily become another Swiss Valley.

21. I am appealing to the young generation to come forward to take up internships in different government projects. The process to make this possible would soon be started in various universities.

Bengal CM forms new boards for north Bengal

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced the formation of new boards for north Bengal.

One of these newly formed boards is the Rajbangshi Development & Cultural Board, for which MLA Ananta Deb Adhikari has been chosen as the Chairman and Vanshibadhan Burman as the Vice Chairman. The headquarters of the Rajbangshi Development & Cultural Board will be at Cooch Behar.

Along with this, the Kamtapur Language Academy was also formed- the headquarters of which will be in Jalpaiguri. Nrisingha Prasad Bhaduri will be the President of the Academy while Atul Rai has been chosen as the Vice-President.

Moreover, a Rajbangshi Language Academy is already in existence; Jalpaiguri MP Bijay Chandra Barman is the President of this Academy.


রাজবংশী ভাষার পাশাপাশি কামতাপুরি ভাষার জন্যও আলাদা অ্যাকাডেমি করা হবেঃ মুখ্যমন্ত্রী


রাজ্যে বিলুপ্তপ্রায় রাজবংশী ও কামতাপুরি ভাষাকে ‘অগ্রাধিকারপ্রাপ্ত’ হিসেবে স্বীকৃতি দেওয়া হয়েছে। রাজ্যের বিভিন্ন দপ্তরের কাজ ও প্রকাশনায় অন্যান্য ভাষার মতো এই দুটি বিলুপ্তপ্রায় ভাষাও স্বীকৃতি পাবে।
গতকাল শিলিগুড়ি সফরে গিয়ে এ কথা জানান মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়। এই ঘোষণার পাশাপাশি তিনি রাজবংশীদের জন্য উন্নয়ন একাডেমি গড়ার কথাও ঘোষণা করেন।
মুখ্যমন্ত্রী জানান, “তৃণমূল সরকার ক্ষমতায় আসার পরই রাজবংশী ভাষার অ্যাকাডেমি চালু করা হয়েছিল। এবার সেই ভাষাটি রাজ্যের দপ্তরের কাজেও স্বীকৃতি পেল”।

তিনি আরও বলেন, এবার রাজবংশী ভাষার পাশাপাশি কামতাপুরি ভাষার জন্যও আলাদা অ্যাকাডেমি করা হবে। এই অ্যাকাডেমির চেয়ারম্যান হবেন নৃসিংহপ্রসাদ ভাদুড়ি। এই অ্যাকাডেমি প্রায় হারিয়ে যাওয়া এই ভাষার উন্নয়নে কাজ করবেন। তিনি জানান শুধু স্বীকৃতিই নয়, প্রায় হারিয়ে যাওয়া ভাষাগুলোকে যাতে ফিরিয়ে আনা যায় এ ব্যাপারে প্রতিষ্ঠিত দুই অ্যাকাডেমির পাশাপাশি কাজ করবে রাজ্য।

রাজবংশী উন্নয়ন পর্ষদের চেয়ারম্যান হলেন অনন্ত দেব অধিকারী, এবং ভাইস চেয়ারম্যান হলেন বংশীবদন বর্মণ।

We want a permanent solution to the ongoing impasse in Hills: Bengal CM

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today chaired an All-Party meeting regarding the ongoing impasse in the Hills. Terming the meeting as positive, she said the next meeting will be held on October 16. She added that the issue of tripartite meeting will be discussed in that meeting.

The CM said she wanted a permanent solution to the ongoing impasse. “We will immediately restore the public distribution system. We want the bandh to be withdrawn fully and normalcy to be restored as soon as possible. The process of dialogue will continue,” she said.

The CM announced that the Government has decided to call the owners of tea gardens immediately for a meeting to discuss pending wages, bonus for puja etc. for the workers. A GoM (Group of Ministers) will be formed for this purpose.

Mamata Banerjee further said, “Every citizen has a democratic right and prerogative to protest. We want peace and normalcy to be restored. Binay Tamang (representing GJM) had raised the demand for compensation for those who were killed (during agitation). We have agreed to that. They also demanded a high-level investigation for the police firing (during agitation). We have accepted that also.”

She maintained that the Hills are a part of Bengal and the State Government wants the well-being of the people of the Hills.


আমরা চাই পাহাড়ের সমস্যার স্থায়ী সমাধান হোকঃ মুখ্যমন্ত্রী

আজ উত্তরকন্যায় পাহাড়ের সমস্যা নিয়ে সর্বদলীয় বৈঠক করেন মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়।

বৈঠকের পর সাংবাদিকদের মুখোমুখি হন মুখ্যমন্ত্রী। তিনি জানান, আজকের বৈঠক ভালো হয়েছে। পরবর্তী বৈঠক হবে ১৬ অক্টোবর। তাঁর মতে এখনই ত্রিপাক্ষিক বৈঠক সম্ভব নয়। আগামী ১৬ অক্টোবরের বৈঠকে এই নিয়ে আলোচনা হবে। চা বাগানের কর্মীরা যাতে বেতন ও পুজোর বোনাস পান তাঁর জন্য একটি মন্ত্রীগোষ্ঠী তৈরি করা হবে। শীঘ্রই এই মন্ত্রীগোষ্ঠী চা বাগানের মালিকদের সাথে বৈঠক করবেন।

মুখ্যমন্ত্রী আরও বলেন, “প্রতিবাদ করা মানুষের গণতান্ত্রিক অধিকার। আমরা চাই শান্তি ফিরুক। অশান্তির সময় যারা নিহত বা আহত হন তাদের জন্য ক্ষতিপূরণের দাবি করেছেন বিনয় তামাং। আমরা রাজি হয়েছি। বনধ চলাকালীন পুলিশের গুলি চালানোর জন্য উচ্চ পর্যায়ের তদন্তের দাবি জানিয়েছেন ওনারা। আমরা উচ্চ পর্যায়ের তদন্ত করব”।

মুখ্যমন্ত্রী আবারও বলেন, “আমরা চাই বনধ তুলে নেওয়া হোক, পাহাড়ে স্বাভাবিক পরিস্থিতি ফিরে আসুক। যত তাড়াতাড়ি সম্ভব শিল্প, পর্যটন, পরিবহন সব কিছু স্বাভাবিক হোক। আলোচনা প্রক্রিয়া চলবে। পাহাড় বাংলার অংশ। আমরা চাই পাহাড়ের ভাই বোন ভালো থাকুক, শান্তিতে থাকুক। আমরা চাই দ্রুত সমস্যার সমাধান হোক”।

WB CM announces several schemes for north Bengal

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced a slew of development initiatives for North Bengal after holding an administration meeting in Siliguri.

She announced that from now on, a tea directorate, under the chairmanship of Sourav Chakroborty, will work to address all issues confronting the plantations including welfare of tea garden workers.

To promote sports in the region, the North Bengal Board of Sports and Games will start functioning under the chairmanship of former footballer Baichung Bhutia. He will be assisted by two Deputy Chairpersons – Mantu Ghosh and Mon Ghising, Banerjee said.

There will be two members in the Board as well -cricketers Wriddhiman Saha and Shibshankar Pal, the Chief Minister said.

WB CM said Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus here will be upgraded to international standard with one floor given to private sector for revenue generation and the ground floor will be thoroughly revamped.

As part of exploring the tourism potential of the region, which is close to the borders with Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan, aeroplane service to Malda and Balurghat will commence soon with an MoU signed with Airports Authority of India, she said.

The Chief Minister said the North Bengal Development Council will work in coordination with the North Bengal Development Department and new Council Chairperson Abdul Karim Chowdhury and Deputy Chairpersons Harkabahadur Chhhetri and Bhaichung Bhutia will work as a team.


উত্তরবঙ্গ উন্নয়নের জন্য একগুচ্ছ পদক্ষেপ মুখ্যমন্ত্রীর

দ্বিতীয় ইনিংসে এই প্রথমবার উত্তরকন্যায় প্রশাসনিক বৈঠক করলেন মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়। দার্জিলিং, জলপাইগুড়ি এবং কোচবিহার এই তিন জেলার উন্নয়নের নতুন দিক খুলতে প্রশাসনের শীর্ষকর্তাদের নিয়ে বৈঠক করেন তিনি৷

বৈঠকের পর সাংবাদিক বৈঠকে তিনি বেশ কিছু গুরুত্বপূর্ণ সিদ্ধান্তের কথা জানিয়েছিলেন মুখ্যমন্ত্রী৷ তিনি বলেন, চা বাগানগুলির জন্য একটি পৃথক টি-ডিরেক্টরেট তৈরি করেছে রাজ্য সরকার। এর চেয়ারম্যান পদে থাকবেন সৌরভ চক্রবর্তী। চা শ্রমিকদের সব সুবিধা অসুবিধা ও সমস্যার সমাধানের দায়িত্বে থাকবেন তিনি।

‘ভাইচুং ভুটিয়ার নেতৃত্বে উত্তরবঙ্গ ক্রীড়া উন্নয়ন পর্ষদ বিভিন্ন রকম খেলাধুলার আয়োজন করবে। তাকে সহযোগিতা করবেন দুজন ডেপুটি চেয়ারপার্সন – মান্তু ঘোষ এবং মন ঘিসিং’, জানান মুখ্যমন্ত্রী।  এই বোর্ডের দুজন সদস্য থাকবেন – ক্রিকেটার ঋদ্ধিমান সাহা এবং শিবশঙ্কর প্রসাদ।

মুখ্যমন্ত্রী জানান, তেনজিং নোরগে বাস স্ট্যান্ডের আধুনিকীকরণ করা হবে। শিলিগুড়িতে আন্তর্জাতিক বাসস্ট্যান্ড তৈরির পরিকল্পনা নিচ্ছে রাজ্য। বিদেশি পর্যটকদের কাছে উত্তরবঙ্গকে আরও পরিচিত করে তোলা এবং শিল্পদ্যোগীদের কাছে উত্তরবঙ্গকে তুলে ধরাই এর মূল লক্ষ্য।

উত্তরবঙ্গের সঙ্গে সার্কভুক্ত দেশগুলোকে উড়ান মানচিত্রে জুড়তে চাইছে রাজ্য৷ বাগডোগরা বিমানবন্দরের আমূল সংস্কার করে সেখান থেকে বাংলাদেশ, নেপাল এবং ভুটানে বিমান চালানোর পরিকল্পনা নেওয়া হয়েছে৷ বাগডোগরা থেকে সার্কভুক্ত দেশগুলোর সঙ্গে আকাশপথে যোগাযোগ তৈরি করলে প্রচুর পর্যটক লাভবান হবেন৷ একইসঙ্গে বাগডোগরা বিমানবন্দরে নাইট ফ্লাইট দ্রুত চালুর বিষয়েও জোর দিতে বলেন তিনি৷ অন্যদিকে রাজ্যের বিমান মানচিত্রে জুড়তে চলেছে মালদহ ও বালুরঘাট৷

মুখ্যমন্ত্রী বলেন, উত্তরবঙ্গ উন্নয়ন পরিষদের উত্তরবঙ্গ উন্নয়ন কাউন্সিল উত্তরবঙ্গ উন্নয়ন পর্ষদের সঙ্গে একসাথে কাজ করবে। নতুন কাউন্সিল চেয়ারপার্সন আব্দুল করিম চৌধুরী ও ডেপুটি চেয়ারম্যান হরকা বাহাদুর ছেত্রি এবং ভাইচুং ভুটিয়া একসঙ্গে একটা টিম হিসেবে কাজ করবে।

Uttar Kanya, the mini-state secretariat for north Bengal, completes its second year today

The mini-state secretariat for north Bengal, Uttar Kanya completed its second year today.

On January 20, 2014, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had inaugurated the mini-state secretariat for north Bengal in Siliguri, in a bid to expedite development in the region and remove bottlenecks in governance.

“Uttar Kanya” is our sweet gift to meet the long-standing demand of the people of North Bengal, West Bengal Chief Minister had said. As soon as our Government came to power, we had taken a decision to set up a Branch Secretariat of the State Government in North Bengal, as people from these far-flung places had to come to Kolkata for many important works, Mamata Banerjee said.

Here are some initiatives taken by the Government for North Bengal:

  • Construction work of Multi Disciplinary Civil Defence Centre at Hathighisa, Naxalbari has been completed and has been handed over to Civil Defence Department.
  • The construction of three new major roads in Uttar Dinajpur District viz.,
  1. of road from Churamohan to Lalganj
  2. of road from Baitola to Joyhat
  3. of road from Barodighighat to Lalganj

taken up by the Department have been completed.

  • Construction work of alternate road from Siliguri to Jalpaiguri via Eastern Bypass – Sahudangi – Ambari Falakata-Belacoba- Gosala-3 no. Ghumti has been completed.
  • Construction of RCC bridge over river Sahu at Kholachand Fafri village, Salugara, Jalpaiguri, has been completed.
  • Construction of RCC bridge over river Sahu at Choto Fafri village, Salugara, Jalpaiguri, has been completed.
  • Up-gradation & renovation works of Dinbandhu Mancha at Siliguri has been completed.
  • The construction of Bhutni bridge (1.8 Km long) at Manikchak, Malda has been taken up.
  • Construction of bridge over river Kaljani in Coochbehar has commenced.
  • Construction of 2 new Govt. Colleges (Banarhat (Hindi) and Chopra) is complete, while 3 new Govt. Colleges (Dhupguri, Ghoksadanga and Nishiganj) are in final stages of completion.
  • Extension works of Rajganj College, Baxirhat College and Dewanhat College have been completed.
  • Development of Fathema and Mary Gorethi Schools at Birpara, Jalpaiguri has been completed


উত্তরবঙ্গের মিনি সচিবালয় ‘উত্তরকন্যার’ দ্বিতীয় বর্ষপূর্তি আজ

উত্তরবঙ্গ সচিবালয় ‘উত্তরকন্যার’ আজ দুই বছর সম্পূর্ণ হল।

২০১৪ সালের ২০ জানুয়ারি পশ্চিমবঙ্গের মাননীয়া মুখ্যমন্ত্রী শ্রীমতী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায় শিলিগুড়িতে উত্তরকন্যার উদ্বোধন করেন।

মুখ্যমন্ত্রী বলেন, উত্তরবঙ্গের মানুষের বহুদিনের দাবি ছিল এই সচিবালয়, তাই উত্তরকন্যা হল তাদের মিষ্টি উপহার। আমাদের সরকার ক্ষমতায় আসার পরই সিদ্ধান্ত নিয়েছিল যে উত্তরবঙ্গে রাজ্য সরকারের একটি শাখা সচিবালয় তৈরি করা হবে যাতে গুরুত্বপূর্ণ কাজের জন্যও উত্তরবঙ্গের লোকেদের আর কলকাতায় ছুতে আসতে না হয়।


North Bengal can boast of its development today: WB CM

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while addressing students and beneficiaries of `Sabooj Sathi’ at Goalpokhar in North Dinajpur on Tuesday , said, “The deprived north Bengal in the past regime can boast of its development today .”

She also stressed on development of several tourist spots in north Bengal and opening of a secretariat -Uttar Kanya -at Siliguri. She also said: “Bagdogra will get night flights from January 21.“

The West Bengal Chief Minister spoke about the formation of a university at Raiganj college which she said has helped 74% people in North Dinajpur. She also announced 84 new projects for the district.

The West Bengal Chief Minister also listed out the developmental works that her government has completed.“We are committed to provide food grains to 7.70 crore people in the state. From January 27, people will get rice at Rs 2 per kg.“

On her Facebook post, the West Bengal Chief Minister wrote:

I have launched “Sabuj Sathi” today for Uttar and Dakshin Dinajpur from Goalpokhor and Tapan.

Thousands and thousands of my dear school-going children received cycles.

Many new projects were also flagged off and several thousands of beneficiaries received benefits under government schemes.

The new administrative building of Science and Technology Department in Bidhannagar was also inaugurated by me today. I have named it “Vigyan Chetana Bhaban”.

Today, I also initiated the state-wide celebration of “Ambedkar Dibas” on December 30 in respect to the legendary figure and to commemorate his 125th birth anniversary year in a befitting manner.”

WB CM announces earthquake crisis management group

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today formed a crisis management group to deal with the impact of the devastating Nepal earthquake on three districts of north Bengal and said monetary assistance would be sought from the Centre after detailed assessment of the damages.

“We have formed a crisis management group headed by Director General of Police (Coastal Security) Raj Kanojia. It has members from the disaster management group, police and hospital authorities,” Banerjee told a press conference.

Before interacting with the press, she visited some of the places affected by Saturday’s 7.9 magnitude earthquake in neighbouring Nepal, which shares its border with the Darjeeling district.

“We will write to the Centre for financial assistance only after making a detailed assessment of damages to life and property,” the chief minister said, adding, it was the onus of the central government to provide such support as it was a case of natural disaster.

“We are not very worried about funds. Our first priority is to save and protect lives. We will ask for funds from the Centre only after proper and total assessment,” she said in reply to a question.

“We are sending a bus to Nepal to send people who want go there to meet their near and dear ones, as also to bring back those stranded there,” Banerjee said.

“108 people from Bengal who were in Nepal for various purposes are yet to be traced and efforts are on to locate them,” she said.

“As per the information available, another 336 people of Bengal who were in Nepal have either come back or are on their way back,” she said.

“I have asked the PWD and Irrigation departments to check all the bridges in North Bengal to find out whether these have been damaged by the earthquake,” the chief minister said after holding a meeting with senior officials of different departments here.

We want Bengal to keep moving ahead on the path of development: WB CM at North Bengal Industry Meet

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee today inaugurated the North Bengal Industry Meet-2015 at Uttar Kanya. She interacted with the prospective investors and renowned business persons of North Bengal during the meet.

Many industry and business representatives from neighbouring countries of Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh and 7 North Bengal districts participated. Many captains of industry from Kolkata have joined the programme.

North Bengal is the gateway to the North East, and its strategic proximity to Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh offers huge business potential. The region already received more than Rs. 4000 Crore investment proposals very recently which are being implemented on a fast track. Today’s Industry Meet has generated significant enthusiasm and lots of investment proposals are in the offing.

All the investment proposals will be monitored by a Core Committee for North Bengal and I will personally come every six months to review the progress. For the convenience of investors and tax payers of North Bengal, a new Bench of the West Bengal Sales Tax Appellate and Revisional Board in Siliguri has been launched today. An MSME Facilitation Centre and an Unique Clearance Centre to look into mutation and conversion of land for industrial purposes at “Uttarkanya” have also been created. The government is going to set up a new Convention Centre and an Industrial Fair Ground in North Bengal.

Highlights of the CM’s speech:

  • From now, for paying taxes you do not have to go to Kolkata. Work can be done in Siliguri itself.
  • We have brought down the loss in mandays due to Bandhs to zero.
  • We do not support the politics of Bandh. We do not believe in destructive politics.
  • Disputes should be solved through negotiations and talks.
  • We want Bengal to move forward. We need your help and cooperation.
  • Some media houses have negative attitude. They only show bad news 24X7.
  • We will be providing skill development training to 10 lakh youth.
  • We hosted Bengal Global Summit few days ago. Job opportunities will be created for 1 crore people in 2-3 years.
  • We will create a fund worth Rs 200 crore to support entrepreneurs.
  • We have set up a Unique Clearance Centre. A branch has been established today at Uttarkanya.
  • We are committed to rejuvenate the tea industry.
  • Ambuja group & Keventer Group are investing in north Bengal. We wish them all the best for their new venture.
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Business meet to promote Industry in North Bengal

WB CM Ms Mamata Banerjee will chair a business meet on 19 Jannuary 2015, at Uttar Kanya, Siliguri. North Bengal Development Minister Gautam Deb informed that about 500 industrialists will be present in the meet. The meet will discuss the prospects for development of industry in the 7 districts of North Bengal.

  • The focus areas will be to set up environment friendly “Green Industry”.
  • An education hub and IT hub will be created near Siliguri.
  • The business meet will be also to promote tea industry, jute industry and tobacco industry.
  • A Safari park near Sevok is being constructed with an investment of about Rs 250 crore.
  • A mega tourist hub is under construction at Gajoldoba, 30 km from Siliguri. The project is estimated to involve an investment in the tune of Rs 2500 crore.
  • One of the leading beverage companies has promised an investment of Rs 200 crores in the coming years.
  • The Coochbehar airport will start its operation within the first half of 2015.
  • A MoU has been signed in the recently concluded Bengal Global Summit, 2015 with the Ambuja group which will set up 5 star resorts at Makaibari tea estate, Kurseong, Ghoom, Darjeeling, Lataguri and Gorumara forest.
  • Income generated by NBSTC (North Bengal State Transport Corporation) has now increased to 8 crores, but a monthly target of 10 crores has been set up.
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14 Achievements of West Bengal Government in 2014

West Bengal is witnessing rapid growth and progress under the leadership of Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee. From MSME sector to 100 Days Work, from a successful business trip to Singapore to the creation of a new district – Alipurduar, a surge of development is going on in different sectors.



Here are the 14 BIG achievements of the West Bengal Government in 2014:

1. MSME 

In terms of Bank lending, West Bengal has grown at the highest pace. Bank lending to MSME sector has gone up by 105%. In 2014 WB Govt has set up 152 new clusters in three years of our Government in the MSME, Handloom and Khadi Sector, that will generate jobs for 4 lakh people.

2. Singapore Business Trip:

Mamata Banerjee headed for a 5 day trip to Singapore. She met with the Prime Minister, the Finance Minister of the Singapore and a host of business heads of Singapore. More than a dozen business dealings were commenced. Pact was signed with InfraCo Asia, Axsys Technologies and Compass Energy Pte Ltd, GIC and others. It opened new doors of understanding between Kolkata and Singapore.

3. Uttar Kanya :

The establishment of the Branch Secretariat of Government of West Bengal at Uttar Kanya, Dabgram, is another bold initiative taken by the present Government, after the creation of North Bengal Development Department. This will cater to the needs of 22% population residing in 24% of the total area of the state comprising of 7 districts. This not only signals the honest & sincere intention of the Government towards the overall development of North Bengal but this is the first such instance in the country. The first administrative meeting was held on 11th February, chaired by the CM Ms Mamata Banerjee.

4. Kanyashree Dibas:

Every year, 14th August is celebrated as the Kanyashree Dibas. The Chief Minister opened the Kanyashree Prakalpo, which consists of an annual stipend of Rs 500 for girls aged between 13 to 18, studying in school and providing one time grant of Rs 25,000 to unmarried girl between the age to 18 and 19 and who are undergoing study or training.  About 11 lakh girls have already been enlisted and another 8 lakh sanctioned. It has been given international recognition by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and UNICEF.

5. No. 1 in 1o0 Days’ Work Scheme:

West Bengal ranked No.1 in the country in terms of expenditure under 100-days work in 2013-14. The State exceeded the budget and recorded highest-ever expenditure of more than Rs 5600 Crore.

6. Fair Price Shops:

Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee constantly monitored the market prices and met with the task force to keep the prices of foods in control. The Govt rolled out fair price seed shops, fair price vegetable shops and prices of the food grains were kept under close watch. The Government is also launching Fair Price Diagnostic Centres.

7. Boost for Culture:

Kolkata is often called the Cultural Capital of India. Two important developments that took place in the year 2014 is the inauguration of the Nazrul Tirtha and Mothers Wax Museum. Nazrul Manch which mainly hosts music gags has been renovated with better acoustic.

8. New District of Alipurduar:

2014 is the year to remember for the people of North Bengal. The new district was formally formed on 25 June. CM Ms Mamata Banerjee officially announced the formation of Alipurduar district at a function held at Alipurduar parade ground.

9. ‘Power’-ful achievements:

West Bengal is no more a power-deficit state in 2014. There has been huge capacity building in the last 3 years. In Jan 2014, WBSEDCL had crossed 1 crore 35 lakh subscriber which is a mile stone for Bengal. Bengal received the third position in Best State Power Utility Award for providing 24X7 power supply.  WBSEB received the second prize for management excellence and the first prize was awarded to CESC.

10. New buses, new routes:

2014 has been a year of rapid expansation of routes and new buses. Almost more than a double dozen new routes are opened with more than 700 new buses launched. New, no-refusal AC and non-AC taxis are also launched. Some AC buses have been made Wi-Fi enabled and ‘smart buses’ are being rolled out.

11. World Bank’s Award for Gram Panchayats of West Bengal:

WB Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee  announced that under the World Bank Project on Institutional Strengthening, 986 out of 999 Gram Panchayats of Bengal have qualified for award of block grant of around Rs. 20 lakh each

12. Awards Galore:

In 2014, West Bengal was adjudged as the Best State in All India Skill Competition 2013. Kolkata received the safest city award by India Today group.  The e-Abgari project of the Excise Department, West Bengal has bagged the Platinum Award conferred by the Skoch Foundation. During the Republic Day parade at New Delhi, the state’s tableaux won the first prize.

13. Boost for Tourism:

WB CM visited Sagar Islands and Sunderbans with a delegation of industrialists who pledged to invest in the development of tourism infrastructure in these areas. The CM announced plans to develop a deep sea port at Sagar while eco-tourism would be the focus at Sunderbans.

14. Visit to Amlashole

Amlashole is the poorest village of the State which hit the headlines years back due to starvation deaths. No Chief Minister in the past ever cared to visit Amlashole. It was Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee who visited Amlashole earlier this year, and took a slew of projects like creation of road from Kankrajhore to Amlashole, schools and others.


Written by: Agnivo Niyogi and Sanmit Sarkar