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In a major move of re-organisation of districts in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced four new districts will be carved out of existing districts of the State.
Kalimpong district will be carved out of Kalimpong subdivision of the State’s Darjeeling district. The demand for a separate Kalimpong district was raised among others by the local MLA Harka Badadur Chettri who recently severed ties with the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM). Both Mr Chettri and the GJM leadership have welcomed the announcement of the new district.
The other districts includes Jhargram to be carved out of Paschim Midnapore district, Basirhat from North 24 Parganas and Sunderbans, which was announced last month.
The Chief Minister also announced that Bardhaman district will be split into two districts – rural Bardhaman and urban Bardhaman.
There are 20 districts in the State and Sunderbans, which was announced last month was supposed to be the 21st district.
Ms Banerjee said that the decisions would be implemented in the next six months to one year.
“We have to take permission from court, make offices, recruit district magistrates and police superintendents,” the Chief Minister said. The administrative decision came after a Cabinet meeting, she added.
Speaking to journalists at the State Secretariat, Ms Banerjee said that her government will provide rice and wheat at subsidised rate to seven crore people in the State. As per the 2011 Census, the population of West Bengal was 9.13 crore.
“Seven crore people will get rice and wheat at Rs.2 per kg. We are giving it so that people get food security,” she said.
Under the National Food Security Act, about 6.3 crore people of the State should be provided foodgrain. Ms Banerjee said that since 70 lakh more people have filled up forms to get subsidised foodgrain, they will also be included in the list.
“This will ensure that we have 80 per cent coverage,” she added.
‘To make a turn-around’
PTI adds: Meanwhile, at a public meeting in the Hooghly district, she said that it was her challenge to make a turn-around in the State.
“The students and youth of Bengal are our future. They will make us proud globally. You should be proud to say you belong to Bengal,” she said.
Stating that Dankuni has huge potential, Ms. Banerjee noted that the area was being transformed into an industrial and trade corridor. Industrial infrastructure in the area is being revamped and it would create huge employment opportunities for the youth.
She said that Hooghly district holds potential in agriculture, horticulture, MSME sectors and tourism, adding that the Dankuni-Furfura Sharif railway project was conceived during her tenure as Railway Minister.
Criticising the opposition CPI(M), she said it had hatched a conspiracy by taking huge debt in its final years in power in the State so that the government that took over would not be able to work. “Despite their conspiracy we have been able to carry forward many development works,” Ms. Banerjee said.
Schemes worth Rs.75 crore have been taken up for the area around Furfura Sharif, while foundation stones were laid for Rs.400 crore worth projects at Arambagh in the district.
Launching a fleet of 19 buses along eight routes in the Hooghly district, Ms. Banerjee said the move was aimed at making transport hassle-free for common people. She also inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of a host of other projects and also distributed cycles to students under ‘Sabuj Sathi’ scheme and land ‘pattas’ (title deed to property) to beneficiaries.
From: The Hindu