NEWS
30/06/2016
•  The Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee informed through a message that the UNICEF has again acknowledged the Government’s pioneer scheme “Kanyashree” in reducing school dropouts and early marriage trends among girls in Bengal. In secondary level, the dropout among girls has reduced from 23.06% in 2012-13 to 19.79% in 2015-16, she informed. UNICEF has also applauded the state for our interventions in education sector to ensure almost 100% enrolment in primary education, she informed.
28/06/2016
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chaired the administrative review meeting at Subasani tea garden for the Alipurduar district today and took stock of all the ongoing development projects. After the meeting, she said that the State Government would soon formulate a policy for the workers of the closed tea gardens among other works.
27/06/2016
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee started her visit to North Bengal districts for the first time after taking oath for the second term. The Hon’ble Chief Minister has visited north Bengal more than one hundred times, between 2011 and May 2016, much more than any other Chief Minister, concentrating on the development of the area. Her three-day itinerary began today with a visit to Alipurduar to participate in the second anniversary of the formation of district.

•   On the first day of her visit to north Bengal, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressed a public rally in the Parade Ground, Alipurduar. She inaugurated and laid foundation stones for a bouquet of projects. Several development projects including Krishak Bazars an ITI, a Karma Tirtha, road projects, drinking water supply projects, anganwadi centres, embankment projects for Alipurduar were inaugurated today alongside and two multi-specialty hospitals in Malbazar and Jalpaiguri and several other health projects in north and south Bengal. Today, the Hon’ble Chief Minister laid the foundation stone for the Second Bhutan Gateway in Jaigaon, a Government polytechnic college, water supply projects, power stations, schools, hostels and several other projects for the area. She will also distributed benefits including Kanyashree, Sabuj Sathi, pattas, agri equipments.

•   For the first time in Bengal, the Government has started with a new concept of setting up Waiting Hubs for expecting mothers in the rural hospitals of far-flung areas of Sunderbans like Gosaba, Pathar Pratima and Sandeshkhali, informed the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee through a message. The Hon’ble Chief Minister informed that to overcome the challenge of providing safe motherhood in such geographically remote locations, the basic objective behind this new endeavour is to keep the expecting mothers in these hubs 7-10 days ahead of their expected date of delivery and move them to hospital when delivery time advances. She informed that already, the Government is providing transport, medicine, diet and treatment free of cost to the expecting mothers in the State. As a result of all such initiatives, over the last 5 years, institutional delivery has increased from 68% to 90% and infant mortality rate has reduced from 31 to 27 in Bengal. The novel concept of waiting hubs for expecting mothers will give further boost to institutional delivery, reduce Infant Mortality Rate and maternal morbidity, informed the Hon’ble Chief Minister. The Hon’ble Chief Minister also informed that such hubs for expecting mother of the far flung islands of Sundarban was introduced for the first time.
23/06/2016
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, during the discussion on the Governor’s Address at the West Bengal Assembly pointed out that Hon’ble Members must be more positive in the Assembly in order to take West Bengal ahead and the Opposition should be constructive and provide guidance for more development in the state. She pointed out that the Centre has been slashing budgets for ICDS, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and for the development of the Jangalmahal areas. Despite all odds, the West Bengal Government has been carrying on with these programmes, she said. She pointed out that the Centre is pushing the states into a debt trap and it should call for a meeting of the debt-ridden states like Punjab, Kerala and Bengal.
22/06/2016
•  To utilise resources such as manpower, medicines and medical equipment available in the public healthcare hospitals for better treatment of patients, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chaired a review meeting at Nabanna today with the superintendents of the 13 state-run medical colleges and 20 district hospitals. Hon’ble Health Minister of State Dr Sashi Panja and Hon’ble Chairperson, WBMSCL, Chandrima Bhattacharya along with the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and senior officials of the health department were also present in the meeting. The Hon’ble Chief Minister instructed that doctors, nurses and others related employees would not be spared if they are found negligent in their duty. She laid stress on surprise visits to the Government-run hospitals in order to keep a check on the systems being run in appropriate manner. She also urged the superintendents and officials to streamline health care services and provide all facilities to patients, starting from free treatment, adequate drinking water to beautification with greenery inside hospital premises. She also directed the superintendents of the district hospitals to stop referring patients to the medical colleges. She also instructed the Health department officials to set up patient grievance redressal cells.
21/06/2016
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee conducted the administrative review meeting for the Howrah district at Sarat Sadan in Howrah today. After the meeting, the Hon’ble Chief Minister addressed a press conference, where she stressed on the developmental work being carried out all across the district, including work towards prevention of flood in Udaynarayanpur, the traffic system in the city of Howrah, a multi super-speciality hospital that is coming up in Uluberia and other issues. She also said that universal electrification will soon be a reality in Howrah district as well as a lot of employment opportunities at Belur Shilpa Tirtha.

•   Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated a Minority Bhavan, under the jurisdiction of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, addressed at Dr Biresh Guha Street, Kolkata 700017. The office will provide services like pensions, Government grants, health insurances among others. Later in the day, she attended the Iftar Party organised by the KMC at the Park Circus Maidan, where people from different walks of life and different religious communities took part.
20/06/2016
•  A four-member delegation from Bangladesh headed by the Hon’ble High Commissioner in India Syed Muazzem Ali with the Hon’ble Deputy High Commissioner in Kolkata Zokey Ahad called on Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna for a courtesy visit.
16/06/2016
•  The Task Force on Agricultural Commodities met at Nabanna today and Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took stock of the situation of the rising price of daily necessities. She directed all the Government machineries to check rising price of agricultural commodities to take stern action against hoarding. It was also decided in the meeting to review the supply of agricultural produce in the market every 15 days and fix their rates if necessary. The meeting decided to take steps to make the state self-sufficient in potato seeds and increase production of green chilies, pulses and onions. The high-level meeting, also attended by the Hon’ble Ministers and officials of concerned departments also decided to sell potatoes in areas where the required government infrastructure was available so as to ensure the price of the tuber did not exceed Rs 14 a kilo.
15/06/2016
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at press conference in Nabanna announced that the Government will soon introduce a new law against illegal chit funds that will have provisions for stringent punishment for unscrupulous chit fund operators. The Hon’ble Chief Minister has assigned the director of the economic offence wing, along with the additional charge of IG CID II, in order to strengthen the surveillance against illegal chit fund operators.
14/06/2016
•  The first district-level administrative meeting was chaired by Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the district of Paschim Medinipur, at Jhargram today, after her swearing-in for the second term. The meeting continues with the move to take the Secretariat to the district rather than the district officials coming to the State Secretariat, resulting in expediting development projects. After the meeting, the Hon’ble Chief Minister addressed a press conference and said that good work has happened in Paschim Medinipur district and the process of development must continue. She said that the work towards the creation of the district of Jhargram is progressing at a rapid pace. Regarding the menace of elephants destroying crops, the Hon’ble Chief Minister said that the Forest Department has been instructed to take measures to stop the attacks by elephants in the district. About the issue of flood control and water conservation, she said that a Rs 500 crore project has been started to construct check dams and other water harvesting measures.

•   Hon'ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday chaired the first meeting of the reconstituted Tribal Advisory Council at Jhargram during her visit to Paschim Medinipur. The one hour meeting discussed various issues regarding the problems faced by the tribal people of the State and their solutions. The Hon'ble MLAs of the State belonging to the tribal communities, who were present at the meeting handed over the demands of the tribal people of the state to the Chief Minister. After the meeting, Hon'ble Chief Minister inaugurated the Living Art Museum (Tribal Interpretation Centre cum Museum) of the Forest Department at Jhargram.
13/06/2016
•  In her first visit to the districts after the swearing-in, the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today inaugurated and laid foundation stones of several projects at Narayangarh in Jangalmahal, Paschim Medinipur. The projects will benefit a large section of people in Jangalmahal, along with the residents of Narayangarh block. The Hon’ble Chief Minister announced setting up of a 300-bed multi super speciality hospital, new colleges and other projects. She also inaugurated a Zilla Parishad Market Complex, a water supply project, bridges on the Bagui canal and a host of others projects. The Hon’ble Chief Minister today laid foundation stones for a bouquet of projects including an anti-erosion project of the Kangsabati River at Daintikri, Shahrasahi and Netai.
09/06/2016
•  Hon’ble Union Minister of Railways, Suresh Prabhu visited Nabanna, the State Secretariat today and had a detailed, comprehensive discussion with the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee regarding the development of railway infrastructure in the State. The Hon’ble Chief Minister also requested the Hon’ble Union Minister of Railways to send a central team to supervise and expedite the ongoing railway projects in the State.
07/06/2016
•  All the chambers of commerce in the city jointly hosted a felicitation programme today to mark the beginning of Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s second term in office. Altogether nine chambers of commerce, including two national industry associations joined today’s programme. The chambers which participated at the meet are the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (ASSOCHAM), the Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCC&I), the Merchants Chamber of Commerce (MCC), the Bengal National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Calcutta Chamber of Commerce (CCC) and the Oriental Chamber of Commerce (OCC). Hon’ble Chief Minister, in her address said that vision documents for 5 years, 10 years, and 15 years are being created and planning in advance will ensure that the process of development does not come to a halt. She pointed out that enough has been said and it was the time for action now.
06/06/2016
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reviewed the performance of state Higher and Primary Education Departments and instructed the Hon’ble Education Minister to prepare a vision document for the next 5-10 years. During the review meeting, held at Nabanna, in which officials of the Education Department were present, the Hon’ble Chief Minister instructed to lay stress on quality of education, use technology and improve teaching methodology
03/06/2016
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chaired the first Administrative Meeting of the present Government at Town Hall . She reviewed the work done by various departments in the past and also discussed plans for the future in the meeting. She also announced that she would soon conduct the first distict-level administrative meeting beginning with the Jangalmahal in the district of Paschim Medinipur and other districts thereafter.

•  The new mobile app, Sahayogi for payment of bills and other facilities, of the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited has launched by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Town Hall today. The app is free of cost for users and available on app stores. Consumers have an option of paying through the app. Customers will also be able lodge complaint through this app, which is in three languages, Bengali, English and Hindi.
02/06/2016
•  The Khadya Sathi scheme provides food grains to more than 8.5 crore people of Bengal at subsidized rate. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today chaired a meeting to review the works done for the Khadya Sathi scheme. Officials of the Food Department were present at the meeting.

•   Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chaired a meeting with five Indian ambassadors to different foreign countries, at Nabanna today. The meeting discussed possibilities of upholding West Bengal as a business destination in those countries and promoting the scopes available in West Bengal. Present at the meeting were Sandeep Chakravorty, Indian Ambassador to Peru and Nicaragua, Sanjay Bhattacharyya, Indian Ambassador to Egypt, Jaideep Sarkar, Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, Somnath Ghosh, Indian Ambassador to Mongolia and Satendar Kumar, Indian Ambassador to Suriname, along with the Hon’ble Finance Minister of the State and officials from the Government of West Bengal.
01/06/2016
•  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.