Burdwan: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the ‘Mati Utsav’ on Wednesday at Panagarh in Burdwan District. The CM lit the inaugural lamp to mark the commencement of the festival.
Speaking on the occasion, she said, “Farmers are our assets. We are proud of them and the young generation. They are the future of the country.” The CM gave away the the Krishi Ratna and Krishak Samman awards on Wednesday.
Calling land purer than Gold, she said that land gives us work and defines our culture. She also termed Bengal’s soil as her ‘Karma Bhumi’ and Dharma Bhumi’.
Claiming Bengal to be numero uno state in skill development she said that the United Nations have declared 2015 as the International year of soils.
She also claimed that the government has already completed 83 Kishan Bazaars, and hundred more are coming up. She said that Kishan Mandis are also being set up where self help groups will get shops.
She said, “I can understand the sentiments of common man. I will always stand up to protect the rights of common man. I will always work for my poor people, my farmers.”
Taking on the Media she said, “Some media houses are criticising us because they want to please Delhi. Reject such adulterated news shops.”
The seven day long Mati Utsav will continue till Feb 3. The programme was envisaged by Mamata Banerjee in 2013 to showcase and encourage culture and tradition of rural Bengal.