Two lakh people to be given employment in Bengal: WB CM

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee chaired a Cabinet Meeting at Nabanna today which took several important decisions.

After the meeting, the West Bengal Chief Minister informed that besides others two major decisions were taken in the cabinet meeting. She informed that two lakh people will be inducted into State services to fill up vacancies, which include 70,000 as teaching staff, 60,000 in group ‘C’ and 60,000 in group ‘D’.

The second decision was concerned with the civic volunteers who work seamlessly with the Kolkata police, the Chief Minister informed. The remunerations for the civic volunteers will be raised from Rs 2800 to Rs 5500, the Chief Minister informed. She also said that at par with the home guards, the civic volunteers will be entitled to get 14 days of leave every year. She also informed that the eligible civic volunteers will be inducted as home guards in due course.

The West Bengal Chief Minister also said that the Government will achieve the target of 23 lakh employment this year in various sectors.

Bengal cabinet clears deck for developing six theme cities

West Bengal cabinet on Friday cleared the deck for developing six modern cities in the state.

Speaking to the press after the cabinet meeting, state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Minister Firhad Hakim said the location for six modern cities had already been finalised. The Cabinet had even named all the six proposed cities according to choice and importance of the place, he said adding they would have modern facilities for decent living.

Naming the theme cities

Speaking about the smart cities, Hakim said one would come up over 85 acres at Dabgram near Siliguri and would be called ‘Teesta’ after the name of a major river in north Bengal. Another city would come up near Bolpur in Birbhum district over 127 acres and christened ‘Gitabitan’ after a popular compilation of songs by Rabindranath Tagore.

A third city over 50 acres would come up near the twin industrial towns of Asansol-Durgapur covering Churulia, birth place of the poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. It would be named ‘Agnibina’, after the name of a collection of poems by the rebel poet. One more city would come up near Kalyani, developed by erstwhile chief minister Bidhan Chandra Roy, in Nadia district over 50 acres and would be known as ‘Samriddhi’.

Another city, which is yet to be named, would come up at Dumurjala in neighbouring Howrah district over 50 acres. The sixth smart city would come up at Baruipur in the southern outskirt of the metropolis over 86 acres and would be named after the famed Bengal matinee idol Uttam Kumar, the minister said.

Allotment of land

In all cases the state government has adequate land and would be developed by the state urban development department, Hakim said. Besides, the state government would also develop some thematic private township over land within ceiling at different places in the state.

The themes could range from knowledge, sports and IT and the townships would be developed by various wings of the department like HIDCO and KMDA, he said.

Hakim hoped that the projects would bring in huge investment and create a lot of employment opportunity. In all cases there would be 25 per cent reservations for the economically weaker sections.