Kolkata: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today inaugurated a slew of projects for South 24 Parganas district. She also addressed a public meeting at Gosaba, where she declared Sunderbans will become a full-fledged district soon.
The CM said that the government is committed to developing the infrastructure in Sunderbans, and announced a new bridge will come up at Pathankhali. She also laid stress on home tourism in the region.
Highlights of the Chief Minister’s speech:
Fishermen are our assets. We are working for their welfare. They have been given identity cards already. District administration will work towards addressing their problems.
We have never taken any decision that will cause pain and suffering to common people, Dalits, tribals, poor and downtrodden or the minorities.We have schemes for every phase of life – from birth till death. We distribute saplings (Sabuj Shree) when a baby is born. We have scholarships for students. We also provide financial assistance to the poor (Samabyathi) to help them cremate their near and dear ones.
We provide Sikshashree scholarships to SC/ST students. Kanyashree girls are our pride. Kanyashree is now a model for the world. For general students, we have Swami Vivekananda Merit Scholarship. We provide loans upto Rs 10 lakh to students from backward classes for pursuing higher education (Rs 20 lakh for pursuing studies outside India).
Farmers are our assets. They provide us with our food. We have taken a historic decision for their welfare and waived off all tax on agricultural land.
We provide rice at Rs 2/kg. Healthcare is free in Bengal. We have set up transit camps for pregnant women in districts. We have set up SNCU, SNSU, ITIs, polytechnic colleges. We have created 81 lakh employment in the last six years. About 2 lakh folk artists receive pension.
Despite the huge legacy of debt, we are fulfilling our social responsibilities. Ninety per cent people in the State receive direct benefits from the government. The government at Centre only gives bhashans. Our actions speak louder than words. We always fulfill the promises we make.
Bengal Government is always with the people. We have never taken any anti-people decision. The Centre had stopped the pension of 2.5 lakh people; we have allotted Rs 268 crore to provide them their pension.
We keep track of all incidents. Do not fall into the communal trap laid by BJP. They incite riots for political benefits. Riots are a threat to the society. It is easy to cause trouble but difficult to douse them. Be alert and keep track of strangers in your areas.
Bengal will show the way to the world. Our new generation will take our State to new heights of glory.