NEWS
30/04/2015
•  Thousands of school students took the Nirmal Bangla Pledge along with the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Krishnanagar, Nadia at the State-level programme of “Mission Nirmal Bangla”. The Hon’ble Chief Minister thanked people from all sections of the society for making Nadia the first open-defecation free district in India. Representatives from UNICEF and World Bank were present on the occasion. She announced that three districts from Bengal – Nadia, Hooghly and Burdwan – are among the first four districts in the country in sanitation work. She also informed that all the districts and blocks observed “Mission Nirmal Bangla” today in befitting manner and lakhs of participants took pledge to eradicate open defecation and make a cleaner and greener Bengal.
29/04/2015
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chaired a meeting with the administrative officials of the Nadia district to take stock of the progress of various developmental works, during her visit to the district. The Hon’ble Chief Minister was present at a public meeting at Nabadwip in Nadia district where she inaugurated numerous developmental projects for the district. She praised the district administration for successfully making Nadia the No. 1 district in household sanitation programme under ‘Mission Nirmal Bangla’. She said Nadia could become a national model. She also declared Nabadwip as a Heritage Town. A Sanskrit College named after Chaitanya Mahaprabhu will come up in Nabadwip, the Hon’ble Chief Minister announced.
26/04/2015
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reached North Bengal to take stock of damages caused by earthquake. She visited families of earthquake victims at Naxalbari in Siliguri and Mirik. Later, she went to the hospital in Siliguri where many people are admitted with earthquake injuries and trauma. Hon’ble Chief Minister informed that the State Government is providing all support and will take total care.
25/04/2015
•  After the incident of earthquake that took place in Nepal and its tragic aftermath, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her deepest condolences to the bereaved families. The earthquake has also caused extensive damages in Bengal. Survey is being carried out on war footing to assess extent of damages to buildings, bridges, roads, flyovers and other important infrastructure. So far, reports have come in of 3 unfortunate deaths and 52 injuries, informed the Hon’ble Chief Minister. She chaired a Crisis Management Meeting with senior officials at Nabanna. All DM, SPs and Kolkata Municipal Corporation were alerted and a Round-the¬-clock control room has been opened. The numbers are 1070 and 22143562. Hon’ble Chief Minister also said that she was very anxious about climbers and their associates from Bengal who have gone on expedition to the Everest and prayed that they return back to their bases safely.

•   Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee informed that she will visit North Bengal to take stock of the rescue operations after Nepal, parts of north India and north Bengal were affected by earthquake. She informed that many tourists from Bengal are stranded in Nepal due to today's catastrophic earthquake and the State Government was making all necessary arrangements through Ministry of External Affairs to ensure their safe return.
24/04/2015
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hailed the historic The Right of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014 passed in Rajya Sabha. The Bill calls for setting up of commissions at state and central level, she said and informed that West Bengal has already set up a Transgender Development Board to usher speedy development of the transgender and bring them to the mainstream of the society.
23/04/2015
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written to Hon’ble Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to rescue the potato farmers of the state suffering due to a bumper crop this season. Listing the number of steps already taken by the West Bengal Government to ensure that the record 1 lakh, 20 thousand metric tonne yield fetches a fair price, Hon’ble Chief Minister has urged the Central Government to take some specific measures that the Centre can take to bail out the farmers. The Hon’ble Chief Minister has asked the Hon’ble Union Finance Minister to waive loans taken by potato farmers and also allow fresh loans for the kharif crop.

•   Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written a letter to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, opposing any move to reduce funds already sanctioned for rural development projects.
20/04/2015
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greeted all on the occasion of Akshay Tritiya.

•   West Bengal has been working silently for “Mission Nirmal Bangla” and has made it a true success, informed Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Among the top four districts in the country, the district of Nadia is at No.1 and is immediately followed by Hooghly and Burdhaman in terms of construction of individual toilets. The State has registered the highest progress in the country with 8.47 lakh new household toilets in 2014-15, informed the Hon’ble Chief Minister. In record time, Nadia district could reach out to all the households and construct more than 3.47 lakh toilets to ensure that everyone in the district has got access to sanitation. Nadia is now Open Defecation Free, the first in the country in the last two years, informed the Hon’ble Chief Minister.

•   Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chairs meeting with a delegation from the Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikash Parishad at Nabanna, discuss various issues regarding the developmental works being done or the tribal communities.
17/04/2015
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee informed that the West Bengal Government would soon make treatment of all types of cancer, cardiac problems and blood disorders completely free in state government-run hospitals and medical colleges. The services to be provided would include all types of medicines, radiation therapy, surgical procedures like open heart surgery, bypass surgery, repair and replacement of valves and insertion of different types of implants like stents and pace makers, informed the Hon’ble Chief Minister. The scope of treatment of blood disorders including blood cancer, thalassemia, alplastic anaemia, hemophilia, etc would also be enhanced to offer universal coverage, informed the Hon’ble Chief Minister. The West Bengal Government has earlier achieved huge success with Fair Price Medicine shops and Diagnostic Centres.

•   West Bengal Government announced a relief of Rs 69 crore to farmers who have suffered crop damage between February and April. The decision was taken after a meeting of the Task Force on Price Rise, Chaired by Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
14/04/2015
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greeted all a Happy Bengali New Year.
13/04/2015
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid homage to Dr BR Ambedkar, the chief architect of the Constitution of India, on his 125th birthday.

•   Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a meeting with the Hon’ble Land Minister of Bangladesh, Samsur Rehman Sherif at Nabanna. The meeting discussed various topics including the Chhitmahals.
09/04/2015
•  West Bengal Government has proposed to set up a City-to-City (C2C) partnership of Howrah in the State with Yokohama in Japan. This bilateral co-operation will lead to social, economic and cultural exchanges between the two satellite cities with long history. There will be infrastructural, administrative and logistic co-operation between the cities resulting in long-term employment opportunities, skills and capacity building and all-round development, informed Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

•   The West Bengal Government has allotted Rs 26.5 crores for the development of drainage system if Tarapith. The State Government had earlier formed the Tarapith Development Board for different developmental works to provide better facilities to the tourists under the instruction of the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The historic Tarapith Crematorium will also be renovated.
07/04/2015
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chaired a meeting at Nabanna where it was decided to provide single-window clearance within 15 days to industry applications in urban conglomerates where the State Government has already identified land. They include land parcels in Kolkata, Asansol, Durgapur and Kalyani.
06/04/2015
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid floral tribute to legendary actress Suchitra Sen on her birthday.

•   West Bengal has become the 1st State in the country to make all payments mandatorily by the State Treasuries through online system under e-governance platform, informed Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. She announced that henceforth, all employees, pensioners, beneficiaries of Government schemes, recipients of scholarships, suppliers to the Government, contractors, service providers will receive payments directly in their bank accounts electronically from 88 Treasuries spread across the State using massive IT network. A dedicated team of about 7000 officers are engaged to ensure that the project runs smoothly, informed the Hon’ble Chief Minister and said that SMS alert automatically goes to the recipient the moment the Treasury clears the bill and instructs RBI for payment through the e-Kuber portal. West Bengal is again the first State to use this portal for this purpose, she informed.
01/04/2015
•  On her three-day visit to North Bengal Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited the newly-formed district, Alipurduar and attended a Government programme. On her way, the Hon’ble Chief Minister stopped to meet the local workers working in the tea gardens as well as school students. On this day, at the Government programme, 14 thousand girl students were brought under the aegis of Kanyashree project and nine thousand girl students were distributed bi-cycles. Several benefits were distributed on this day and the foundation stone for the District Administrative Complex was laid by the Hon’ble Chief Minister. The Hon’ble Chief Minister conducted the first administrative meeting of the Alipurduar district with the district officials.