‘Smiles Have Replaced Tears. Jangalmahal Is Smiling Today’


Jalbani: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday launched the distribution of 43,000 bicycles under Sabuj Sathi to the students of Class IX of state-run, aided and sponsored schools at a function at Jamboni, West Midnapore.

From today’s programme, the Chief Minister also inaugurated a nursing training college in Lalgarh, a number of Karma Tirthas, Government buildings, road projects, flood shelters, marketing hubs and a host of other projects.

Mamata Banerjee said,Five years ago people in Jangalmahal were living in terror. Tides have turned. Smiles have replaced tears. Jangalmahal is smiling today. This is my biggest achievement. I can give my life but will never forget Jangalmahal.”

CM Mamata said, “It is our duty to work for people. Healthcare at government hospitals in Bengal is free. I do not support people who try to extort money by causing inconveniencing people. I do not believe in playing petty politics in matters of governance. I created Trinamool Congress to serve people. It is my pledge and commitment to continue to work for people.” She added that, “We increased our revenue from Rs 20000 Cr to Rs 40000 Cr in 5 years. But we inherited a debt crisis from Left. Centre takes away our revenues to pay off debts incurred by the previous Govt. Still, we are working for people. Despite all financial problems, we will continue to work for people.”

CM Mamata also stressed that Bengal does not tolerate riots. On this she said, “There is an atmosphere of religious and political intolerance in the country. In Bengal we never discriminate between people. Bengal does not allow politics of communalism and riots. It will not be tolerated.” She added, “Youth from Jangamahal have been recruited in the police forces and as civic volunteers. Folk artistes are getting their due recognition now. We have to preserve our culture. I started Kanyashree scheme so that girls can pursue education. We are giving rice at Rs 2/kg to people under Khadya Sathi. It is our aim to help the needy.”

CM Mamata said, “We have started conducting WBCS exam in Ol Chiki language. We believe in respecting all languages, be it Urdu, Hindi, Gurmukhi, Santhali. The Tribal Development Ministry will soon form a development board for the welfare of people in Jangalmahal. We have initiated a major irrigation project for the districts of Bankura, Purulia, West Midnapore. I have instructed forest department to look into the problems faced by locals due to stray elephants. Jhargram will soon become a new district. We are waiting for judicial clearances. We are redefining tourism in Jhargram. Earlier people were scared to come to these places.”

She laid the foundation stones for many projects including the Medinipur Homeopathic College and Hospital and its women’s hostel, road projects, water projects, projects for forestry.

Besides cycles of Sabuj Sathi, the Chief Minister also distributed benefits including Kanyashree, Yuvashree, Geetanjali, land pattas, agricultural equipment, loans, computers and books.