•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched the Swasthya Sathi Scheme at the Netaji Indoor Stadium today during the distribution of Sasthya Samman 2016. Swasthya Sathi” scheme for ASHA workers, Self Help Group Members, Anganwadi Workers, Civic Volunteers and their families. Nearly 45 lakh families will be benefited out of this.. The Hon’ble Chief Minister today felicitated doctors and nurses with Swasthya Samman.

•   Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee strongly criticised the anti-poor demonetisation policy of the Centre today at a press conference in Nabanna. She pointed out that recession has set in as a result, farmers are suffering and the unorganised sector is in crisis. The revenues of States have shrunk by 25%, she pointed out. On the day, she also announced that the West Bengal Government will give 10% DA (dearness allowance) to employees in January.
•  Like every year, this year too, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took part in the Midnight Mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Kolkata. She wished all a Merry Christmas.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today inaugurated the Biswa Bangla Lok Sanskriti Utsav at Rabindra Sadan complex. The festival will continue till January 1, 2017. The 2nd edition of the festival is being held at the Madhusudan Mancha complex. The festival is showcasing folk art, and holding exhibitions on folk culture and handicrafts.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today inaugurated and laid the foundation stones for a bouquet of developmental progress for Purba Medinipur district at Kolaghat. Among the projects she inaugurated today includes a power sub-station, Kisan Bazars, a marketing hub, a fire station, solar powered irrigation projects, government offices, a host of road projects and CCTV control room for Digha. She also laid foundation stones for numerous projects including a college, a power station, road projects, river-bank renovation projects, a hostel and godowns for agicultural produces. She distributed benefits including cycles under Sabuj Sathi, Geetanjali, Shikshashree, equipment for fishermen, agricultural machinery and scholarships and grants. Later she met district officials and reviewed the progress of various Government schemes in the administrative review meeting of Purba Medinipur.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today chaired the administrative meeting for the Bankura district at Mukutmanipur and took stock of the progress of all the developmental works. She also instructed the administration to take stern action against the illegal excavation sand from river bed and said it would have to be stopped. After the meeting, she said that as an effect of demonetisation, labourers were not getting wages under the 100 Days’ Work Scheme. For 100 Days’ Work, workers get about Rs 5000 in a month. Banks are unable to give this amount also, what will the people eat, she commented. The rural economy is dependent on cooperative banks. Even they are not receiving money, the Hon’ble Chief Minister said.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today launched the Sabujshree scheme in the state today during a public meeting in Raipur block, Bankura. As part of the scheme 15 lakh families will get a high value tree sapling for every baby born every year. She inaugurated a host of developmental projects for Bankura including power stations, Government buildings, tourism centres, hostels, new roads, bridges and veterinary centres. From the same stage, she inaugurated SNCUs for Government hospitals in Murshidabad, Malda, Cooch Behar and South 24 Parganas districts, as well as water ATMs at several Government hospitals in Kolkata. The Hon’ble Chief Minister laid the foundation stones for several developmental projects in the district including solar power stations, bridges, renovations of canals, mini indoor games complexes and road projects, among many others. The Bengal Chief Minister also distributed benefits under Sabuj Sathi and Kanyashree schemes, solar lanterns, sports equipments and agricultural pattas.
•  The 6th Kolkata Christmas Festival, organized by the West Bengal Government, was inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today evening at Allen Park which will continue till January 2, 2017. On the occasion, assistance was extended to 1100 entrepreneurs for self-employment for young generation in the transport sector under the ‘Gatidhara’ scheme.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at the Victory Celebration of Bangladesh Mukti Juddho, 2016, at the Netaji Indoor Stadium.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today inaugurated the seven-day-long Bangla Sangeet Mela 2016 at Nazrul Mancha. About 1,800 singers and 300 musicians, including those from USA, UK and Bangladesh, are going to perform during the musical extravaganza, from December 15 to 21. The Hon’ble Chief Minister felicitated eminent personalities from the field of music with the Sangeet Mahasamman and Sangeet Samman awards. This year, Pt. Amiya Ranjan Bandopadhyay, Pt. Manilal Nag and Pt. Budhaditya Mukhopadhyay were awarded Sangeet Mahasamman. The Sangeet Samman was awarded to Indradeep Dasgupta, Shampa Kundu, Nupurchhanda Ghosh, Aditi Munshi, Amyt Dutta, Buddhadeb Ganguli, Dipankar Acharya, Panmoni Besra, Ranjan Jana, Tanmoy Onjan, Harekrishna Halder, Suman Bhattacharyya, Manimala Chitrakar, Ayesha Sarkar and Ma Tara Baul troup. The Hon’ble Chief Minister also inaugurated the renovated Rabindra-Okakura Bhawan, an auditorium in Salt Lake. This is the first time when the Bangla Sangeet Mela is being held in four places in North Bengal, including in Kurseong, Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Siliguri, simultaneously. In Kolkata, the week-long programme will be held at ten different venues, – Rabindra Sadan, Rabindra Sadan Mukta Mancha, Sisir Mancha, Madhusudan Mancha, Madhusudan Mukta Mancha, Hedua Park, Deshapriyo Park, Phani Bhusan Vidyabinode Yatra Mancha, Rabindra-Okakura Bhavan and Moharkunja.
•  In a statement, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that about five crore workers have become victims of the visionless policy of demonetisation. She said that there has been a major setback for the employees since independence. According to reports, around 1.25 Crore workers in the country in unorganized sector, e-commerce, leather, jute, textiles, glass, beedi, gems and jewellery sectors and daily wage earners under government schemes like MNREGA have either lost jobs or have been seriously affected due to cash crunch, the Hon’ble Chief Minister pointed out. She also pointed out that in big industries, retrenchment process is going on which has made or will make huge number of workers jobless.
•  Commenting on the demonetisation move and its subsequent adverse effect on the common people, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while meeting the press at Nabanna, said that the move has led to “economic disaster” in the country. Alleging the country’s growth and business have been hit due to demonetisation, she said that it is a one-man made disaster and is a dangerous tendency.
•  As a mark of respect to late Jayalalitha Ji, who passed away the night last, the State Assembly was adjourned for the day, informed Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today announced the formation of a committee, comprising of both Government officials and Hon’ble Members of the State Assembly, to check child trafficking. She made the announcement at the Bidhan Sabha. The Hon’ble Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee will be the chairman of the committee and the State Chief Secretary will be the convener. The Hon’ble Leader of the Opposition Abdul Mannan and Hon’ble MLA from CPI(M) Sujan Chakraborty will also be in the committee.

•   Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today spoke in the State Assembly during a discussion on demonetisation. She said that an undeclared financial emergency has been imposed on the country due to the unplanned process of demonetisation as in the last 21 days decisions have been modified 21 times. She warned that if the situation is not addressed by the Centre, there will be food crisis in future as farmers are facing problems, workers and labourers are not getting their wages, tea and jute workers are not getting salaries and wages for 100 days’ work cannot be paid. A lot of man-days have been lost and production has been hit severely, she pointed out.

•   The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tami Nadu J Jayalalitha passed away. Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed grief on the passing away of the popular, strong, bold, efficient, people- friendly, and charismatic leader.
•  Post demonetisation, the conditions of the tea gardens in North Bengal are pitiable and of 287 tea gardens, 119 have not received wages affecting 2.5 lakh tea worker, informed Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The cooperative sector in West Bengal is also suffering as there is a gap of Rs 1261 crore which RBI has not yet given, she informed.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed anguish over the unavailability of currency notes in the State post demonetization. She expressed that salaried people in organized and unorganized sectors are facing serious problems due to the shortage of currency notes.

•   Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed concern over the unilateral deployment of army personnel across Toll Plazas near State secretariat in high security zone.