•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee declared Mirik a new sub-division of Darjeeling district at an official programme today. Mirik was earlier a block under the Darjeeling district. She laid foundation stones and inaugurated a slew of projects from the Aley Ground in Mirik, 52 km from Darjeeling town. She also inaugurated a fair price diagnostic MRI at Darjeeling District Hospital. The Hon’ble Chief Minister informed that like the rest of the hills and the plains, the Government is committed towards total development of Mirik. It will be transformed into a superb tourist destination, complete in all respects, she said.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today chaired the administrative review meeting of Kalimpong and Darjeeling districts at the Pintail Village. After the meet, the Hon’ble Chief Minister stated that with the circuit-wise review of tourism projects in great detail, IT sector, agriculture, floriculture, horticulture and food processing have great prospects in employment generation and economic upsurge in the Hills.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today chaired an administrative review meeting for Jalpaiguri district at Sarojendra Deb Raykat Kala Kendra today where she took stock of various development projects. Later in the day, she inaugurated and laid the foundation stones for several projects during a public meeting. She also distributed benefits among people of the district. Today, she announced that a new medical college will be set up in Jalpaiguri. The projects inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister include a mobile animal treatment unit, seven long-distance buses of North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC), a women’s police station and a residential complex for sub-inspectors. The newly constructed building of Banarhat police station and barrack was also inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister. She also distributed different benefits including agricultural machineries to the local people.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today began her North Bengal visit. She reached Jalpaiguri today afternoon,
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today inaugurated a girls’ hostel that has come up at Behala on Diamond Harbour Road. The hostel will house 400 girls who have come from outside Kolkata and are pursuing professional courses like CA, CS, CFA, ICWA and graduation or higher studies.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today announced the formation of the West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission that will arbitrate complaints of medical negligence filed under The West Bengal Clinical Establishment (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Act, during a press conference at Nabanna. The Commission aims to ensure that the healthcare service is not a commercial proposition but a service or ‘seva’ too which should be delivered to service recipients with humility and human touch. Therefore, redressals of grievances of service recipients within reasonable and legitimate expenses through transparent functioning of clinical establishments have been given prime importance. The new Law, aimed at ensuring transparency in functioning and activities of private clinical establishments, was passed in the State Assembly on March 3 and signed by the Governor on Thursday. Besides monitoring the activities of private hospitals and nursing homes, the new law also has the provision of imposing penalty on medical facilities in case of violation. Justice Asim Kumar Roy, subject to the approval of Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court, will be Chairperson of the Commission. Members of the Commission will be Dr Sukumar Mukherjee, Dr Gopal Krishna Dhali, Dr Abhijit Chowdhury, Dr Makhanlal Saha, Dr Madhusudan Banerjee, Dr Maitreyee Banerjee, Sanghamitra Ghosh, Anuj Sharma, Praveen Tripathi and Madhabi Das.
•  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.