NEWS
30/01/2016
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present in the centenary celebrations of Bharat Sevashram Sangha at Netaji Indoor Stadium. The organisation was bestowed with Banga Bibhushan by the State Government for social service in 2015.

•   Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wishes all on the occasion of Sampriti Divas, commemorated on the occasion of the Death Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
29/01/2016
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chaired an administrative meeting in Town Hall. She assessed the performances of the departments under her administration. All the Hon’ble Ministers of the state, along with departmental secretaries and other senior officers were present at the meeting, besides district magistrates and superintendents of police. The Hon’ble Chief Minister said after the meeting that the Government has held over 100 administrative review meetings to ensure that projects are completed on time. The meetings have been held all over the state to take the CMO to the BDOs, to make a direct connection with the development that is happening, she said.
28/01/2016
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the newly-built third Haj Tower, at New Town, Rajarhat. From the venue, she also inaugurated two super-speciality hospitals at Bolpur and Metiabruz, a new Government Girls General Degree College at Ekbalpur, second campus of Aliah University at Park Circus, a new water supply project for New Town and initiated a number of new facilities and services across the state including irrigation and healthcare projects.
27/01/2016
•  The West Bengal Government launched the “Khadya Sathi” scheme today which will provide nearly 7 Crore people out of our state population of 9.1 crore, foodgrains at Rs.2 per kg to ensure their food security. Another 50 lakh people will be provided foodgrains at half of market price. People of Jangalmahal, drought-affected areas of Purulia, tribal people, tea garden workers, AILA-affected areas, people living in the hilly areas of Darjeeling district and those who are already receiving this benefit will continue to get so in the same scale in days ahead. On the occasion a colourful parade was held on Red Road. The parade included workers of the Health & Family Welfare Department’s ASHA Scheme with their newly-given bicycles, and new mini-fire tenders, double-decker buses and commercial vehicles bought under the Gatidhara Scheme. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who informed all about the schme, also inaugurated Watgunge, Amherst Street, Tollygunge and Patuli women’s police stations and several other projects from the same venue.
26/01/2016
•  The 67th Republic Day celebration was held on Red Road, Kolkata with due honour and dignity. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and all the Hon’ble Ministers of the State Cabinet were present on the glorious occasion where the Hon’ble Governor hoisted the National Flag. March pasts by defence forces and state police forces added colours to the event. A colourful parade and procession with decorated tableaux portraying the State’s culture and heritage were the highlights of the programme. Various developmental schemes of the State Government were also showcased in the parade. Students from various parts of Bengal took part in the colourful programme.
25/01/2016
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present in the inauguration ceremony of 40th International Kolkata Book Fair at Milan Mela Grounds. This year, the theme country is Bolivia and the noted Bolivian author Magela Baudoin graced the occasion. Also present were distinguished writers, publishers, booksellers and book lovers in huge numbers. For the first time, Vietnam has participated in the IKBF. The book fair would open to the public on January 26, and would run till February 7, 2016. It would remain open from 12 pm to 8 pm every day. Entry to the Kolkata Book Fair is free for everyone.
23/01/2016
•  The state-level celebration of birth anniversary of "Deshanayak" Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was commemorated in Darjeeling with due dignity and honour. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present with Hon’ble Minister for Sports, Housing and Youth Service, Arup Biswas, along with senior officials of the state government and many dignitaries from Darjeeling hills and elsewhere. A huge number of enthusiastic participants were present in the venue to pay their respects to Netaji. Local people and renowned performers presented a colourful cultural programme with a deep touch of patriotism.
22/01/2016
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present in the prize distribution ceremony of Himal-Terai-Dooars Sports Festival, 2016 and first anniversary celebration of Sherpa Cultural Board in North Point, Darjeeling. Nearly 9000 participants and more than 400 clubs had taken part in football, archery, martial art, volleyball and other games from Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, and Alipurduar districts in this event. A beautiful cultural programme was also presented on the occasion by the people of the Hills. Later in the evening, the Hon’ble Chief Minister attended ‘Uttar Banga Utsav 2016’ being held in Mal, Darjeeling.
21/01/2016
•  A “Bengal Safari” at the North Bengal Wild Animals Park, near Siliguri, was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. She had laid the foundation stone for the park in 2014. The 900 acre Park will offer visitors the experience to see wild animals in forest settings while taking safari ride in vehicles. Foundation stone of a new College of Animal and Fishery Sciences in Jalpaiguri and a number of projects including Women’s police station, government buildings for Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts were also initiated from today’s programme. She also informed that a new health insurance scheme is being started for the journalists, it will be effective from March 1, 2016.
21/01/2016
•  Like every year, the West Bengal Government observed International Mother Language Day with full honour at Bhasha Shahid Smarak, Deshapriya Park. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present on the occasion along with her Cabinet colleagues Subrata Mukherjee, Firhad Hakim, Aroop Biswas, Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee and many other dignitaries. The Bhasha Shahid Smarak at Deshapriya Park was set up at the initiative of the Hon’ble Chief Minister.
19/01/2016
•  The “Mati Utsav” 2016 was celebrated with full gaiety with participation of thousands and thousands of people and distinguished invitees from different walks of life. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today inaugurated the permanent structure, “Mati Tirtha, Krishi Katha”, a permanent facility for soil-related activities and dissemination of information related to agriculture and agri-businesses. On the day, the Hon’ble Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone for “Langcha Hub” at Burdwan with a Common Facility Centre for the famous langcha, sitabhog and mihidana of Burdwan. The Mati Utsav will continue till January 25, 2016.

•   Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday instructed the Hon’ble Education Minister to consider distribution of free shoes to primary school students, when she spotted some school students without shoes, on her way from Burdwan to Bolpur. Rs 154 crores has been sanctioned for distributing canvas shoes for students of classes I to IV. The State Government has been distributing free books to students and recently announced that Madhyamik students would receive free test papers.
18/01/2016
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the Deocha Pachami Dewanganj Harinsingha Coal Mines at Birbhum from a programme at Kenduli, Birbhum. The Deocha Pachami Dewanganj Harinsingha Coal Mines is the largest Coal Block in the country with coal reserves of around 21000 million tonnes. An approximate investment to the tune of Rs 20,000 crores are being made into the project. The coal to be extracted is to be used for power generation. The coal fields may generate more than one lakh employment opportunities, Hon’ble Chief Minister said, while dedicating the project to the Nation. The project is a joint venture of the West Bengal Mineral Development and Trading Corporation Limited and the Bengal Birbhum Coalfields Limited.

•   Kenduli’s Joydev Mela is an integral part of West Bengal’s traditional folk culture which focuses performances mainly by the Goudiya Baishnav and Baul community. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at the Baul and Folk Festival, organised for the first time, at Kenduli in Birbhum District, on the day. Over one thousand Baul singers under the State Lokprasar Prakalpa performed in a chorus today. For preservation, research and further development of this rich folk art, the Government has decided to set up “Joydev Baul Academy” in Kenduli, the foundation stone of which was laid by the Hon’ble Chief Minister. She also visited “Radha Binod Temple”, commonly known as Joydev Mandir in Kenduli and instructed the district administration to draw up plans to spruce up the area befitting to heritage status. The district administration in association with Tourism Department has built a eco-friendly tourist complex near Bolpur, which was christened as “Rangabitan” by the Hon’ble Chief Minister today.
15/01/2016
•  A special programme was organised by the Netaji Research Bureau to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s “Great Escape” from Kolkata in the year 1941. The Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present on the occasion where she reiterated her demand that the truth about last days of Netaji must come out. On the day, the Hon'ble Chief Minister inaugurated an exhibition to mark 75 years of Netaji’s ‘Great Escape’ at NetajiBhavan, the residence from where in 1941 he had escaped house confinement. She also unveiled a marble plaque in front of the entrance of Netaji Bhavan to commemorate the route Netaji’s nephew Sisir Bose had taken to drive him out.

•   Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today distributed cheques for the Gatidhara Scheme to 1000 unemployed youths who had applied for self-employment by buying commercial vehicles with help of the State Government. The distribution ceremony was held a Netaji Bhavan in Kolkata. The objective of the Gatidhara scheme is to generate self-employment in transport sector by providing financial assistance initiated by the State Government. A person applying for the assistance under the scheme will get maximum Rs 1 lakh to buy a vehicle. The State Transport Department has set up 1,300 centres across the state to help unemployed youth avail the Gatidhara scheme.
13/01/2016
•  Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today paid a visit to the construction site of Dhana Dhanya - the cultural complex being set up in Alipore, Kolkata to take stock of the progress of construction works. The cultural complex is being set up to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Dwijendralal Roy and would house an auditorium, an open air theater and other facilities like parking lot, cafeteria etc. for the visitors.

•   Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present in the inaugural ceremony of 20th "Jatra Utsav", held at Kacchari Maidan in Barasat. This year’s theme was “Banglar Jibone Jatra”. "Jatra" over long, long years has been a medium of mass entertainment and is still very popular. The 32-day long Jatra Festival will showcase the best of the Bengal’s traditional playact format which generally centres on social issues and mythological events. Sixteen jatra artistes including Nirmal Mukherje, Jayasree Mukherje were felicitated. Three hundred and eleven poor jatra artistes were given financial assistance. Minakshi Dey was given Bina Dasgupta Award. Performances during the festival will be showcased both at Kacchari Maidan and Phanibhusan Vidya Binode Yatra Mancha in Bagbzar.
12/01/2016
•  The 154th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekanada has been celebrated throughout the State as Vivek Chetana Utsav. The state-wide programme started on January 10th and culminated on January 12th through Milan Utsav 2016, held at Netaji Indoor Stadium. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at the ceremony.

•   The celebrated Gazhal maestro from Pakistan, Ghulam Ali was present in Kolkata responding to an invitation extended by Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. In a programme entitled the “Milan Utsav, 2016”, at Netaji Indoor Stadium organized by Youth Affairs, Information and Cultural Affairs and Minority Affairs and Madrasah Education Departments, the Hon’ble Chief Minister welcomed the ghazal maestro to Kolkata and thanked him for accepting her invitation to perform in the City of Joy. Music has no boundaries, the Hon’ble Chief Minister said adding that Swami Vivekananda preached about tolerance during his lifetime. A spectacular performance by the ghazal maestro was the main event of the programme, which enthralled the dignitaries and the gather mass present at Netaji Indoor.
09/01/2016
•  The Bengal Global Business Summit 2016 concluded today with a speech by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. In her concluding address, the Hon’ble Chief Minister touched on the many investment proposals which have been placed over the two days of the summit. It was announced that, exceeding the investment proposals of 2015, this Summit generated staggering new investment proposals of Rs 2,50,104 Crore. It covers a wide spectrum of sectors like manufacturing, mining, transport, urban development, IT and Telecom, higher education, ARD and Fisheries, Textiles and Power, from the country and abroad. In addition, major technical collaboration MoUs were also signed. The State Government also announced three new policies - policy for start-ups, design policy and township policy including development of theme cities, informed the Hon’ble Chief Minister. She said that implementation of the new projects would lead to incredibly large number of job potential and soon the State will be the No.1 investment destination in the country.
08/01/2016
•  The Bengal Global Business Summit 2016 was inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the Milan Mela ground in Kolkata today. Glorifying the occasion were His Excellency, the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Mr Tshering Tobgay, Rt Hon Priti Patel, Minister for Employment in UK, Mr Norbu Wangchuk, Hon'ble Minister for Economic Affairs, Bhutan, Mr Tofail Ahmed, Hon'ble Minister of Commerce, Bangladesh, Hon'ble Central Ministers Mr Arun Jaitley, Mr Nitin Gadkari, Mr Suresh Prabhu, Mr Piyush Goyal, and Hon'ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Mr Arvind Kejriwal. Gracing the occasion were also noted industrialists Mr Mukesh Ambani, Dr Subhas Chandra, Mr Niranjan Hiranandani, Mr Sajjan Jindal, Mr Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Mr Mohandas Pai, Mr Y C Deveshwar, Mr Sanjiv Goenka, Mr Harshvardhan Neotia along with captains of industry from the country and abroad. Respected Ambassadors and delegates from 25 countries, chambers of commerce and industry including the three apex bodies-CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM and a galaxy of celebrated personalities from the world of business, commerce, governance and other key sectors were present. The appreciative experiences shared on the occasion by the dignitaries were about change of perception about Bengal, the ease of doing business in Bengal, the improvement of work culture, attitude of problem solving and pro-industry initiatives of the present Government. Huge investment proposals and collaborations in multiple sectors were announced on the day, which may take Bengal to an altogether new level of development and bring about more rapid social and economic transformation through creation of new jobs and newer areas of fulfillment.
07/01/2016
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at the welcoming dinner organized for the distinguished guests participating in the Bengal Global Business Summit 2016. Among the dignitaries present were, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay, UK Minister of State (Minister for Employment), Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, Hon’ble Union Minister for Finance and Information Technology, Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Coal, Power and Renewable Energy, Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari and Hon’ble Union Minister for Railways, Suresh Prabhu and the captains of the industries from different parts of the nation and abroad.
06/01/2016
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, during her two-day visit to Jangalmahal, today was present at the inauguration programme of a cement plant at Salboni belonging to the Jindal Steel Works Group. The JSW’s cement plant marks the revival of the biggest investment proposal in Bengal since Independence -Rs 35,000 crore for an integrated steel, power and cement plant. The company plans to set up a 2.4 MT cement grinding unit followed by a 300 MW captive power plant at Salboni.

•   The Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bhutan HE Tshering Tobgay arrived in Kolkata for a four-day visit to West Bengal, and had a meeting with the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during the day. The Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bhutan will be attending the two-day Bengal Global Business Summit beginning on Friday.

•   Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee flagged off the Ganges Voyager-II cruise at the Millennium Park from Salboni through video-wall connectivity on Wednesday. The cruise will start from Kolkata and go to Murshidabad, stopping at historical spots dotting the banks of the river. The seven-night and six-day trip will offer amenities like spa, bar, lounge, cafe, restaurant and a library. The ship with 28 luxury cabins of ethnic theme will be of international standard. The project is being managed by a private company.
06/01/2016
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chaired a meeting with the Hon’ble Ministers of the Power Department and Urban Development Department to review the works to be undertaken. In the meeting, thrust was given on 100% electrification of the State, as well as reaching power to the remotest location, improve service and related matters.
06/01/2016
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chaired a meeting with the Hon’ble Ministers of the Power Department and Urban Development Department to review the works to be undertaken. In the meeting, thrust was given on 100% electrification of the State, as well as reaching power to the remotest location, improve service and related matters.
05/01/2016
•  Keeping the huge turnout at the forthcoming Gangasagar Mela in mind, the West Bengal Government has deputed a team of seven ministers at Sagar Islands for the four days of the fair. An introduction in this regard was given by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a preparatory meeting on Gangasagar Mela at Nabanna on Monday. The team of seven ministers will be led by state panchayat affairs and rural development minister Subrata Mukherjee, the state housing and youth affairs minister Arup Biswas and state power minister Manish Gupta, will be deputed at Kochuberia. Also, a team of four ministers consisting of state urban development and municipal affairs minister Firhad Hakim, state irrigation minister Rajib Banerjee, minister of state for minority affairs, Giasuddin Mollah and state Sunderbans affairs minister Manturam Pakhira would be stationed at Harwood Point.

•   Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today inaugurated the second edition of the Jangalmahal Utsav from the Medinipur College Ground, Paschim Medinipur. The Hon’ble Chief Minister also distributed prizes for the Jangalmahal Cup today. On the day, she inaugurated the 300-bedded Onda Super Specialty Hospital and Chhatna Super Specialty Hospital from the same venue. The Jangalmahal Utsav, to be held from January 5 – 9, 2016, will focus on tribal music, folk songs from Bengal and also showcase the handicrafts from Jangal Mahal.
04/01/2016
•  The Government of India has announced selection of Bengal for Krishi Karman Award for the year 2014-15 as the best performing State in overall production of Oilseeds. With this, it is now 4 times in a row that Bengal has won the Krishi Karman Award for outstanding agricultural productivity, informed the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
01/01/2016
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wished all a Happy New Year.