•  March 14 is observed every year as “Krishak Dibas” all over Bengal. The state-level programme to celebrate this day was held at Nazrul Mancha where “Krishak Samman” awards were conferred in presence of the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, for outstanding contributions in agriculture, horticulture, food processing, fisheries and other farm-related activities. “Krishak Ratna” awards in similar areas were also conferred on deserving members of farming community in block-level programmes. The Hon’ble Chief Minister announced on the day that the Government will directly purchase 28,000 tonnes potatoes from farmers at Rs 4.60 a kg for mid-day meal and Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS). She also announced a 50 paisa subsidy for every kilo of potato exported by railways and ship given the demand for Bengal potatoes in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today wrote a letter to the Hon’ble Union Minister of External Affairs, on the recent incidents of attacks and unfortunate deaths of young Indians in the United States. Since the number of Indians studying, working, living in the US is very large, such incidents are causing a situation of panic amongst their family members living in India. The Hon’ble Chief Minister, in her letter, has requested the Union Minister to kindly see that the matter is taken up at the highest level, so that these types of incidents do not recur and the Indians living in the US feel safe, secure and worry-free.
•  The West Bengal Government have taken a historic step in the health sector as The West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Bill, 2017 made by the present government was passed today in the Assembly. It was noticed that treatment in private hospitals and nursing homes was becoming a menace for people. From inflated bills to negligence in treatment to lack of transparency to serious gaps in communication to unnecessary retentions in ventilation and life support systems, the complaints against private hospitals and nursing homes about harassment of patients and their families were regularly received by the Government in huge numbers. The Government have made provision for creating a Regulatory Commission to look into complaints of medical negligence, over billing, lapses and harassment and empowering the Commission to order compensation or penalties and punishments as per Law.
•  Mr Luo Zhaohui, the Hon’ble Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to India and the Consul-General of China in Kolkata had a meeting with the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today at the State Secretariat, Nabanna. The Hon’ble Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China extended invitation to us to visit China to explore Bengal-China business possibilities in manufacturing and other key sectors. The meeting had elaborate discussions in many areas.