03 April, Kolkata
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday announced that the State Government will no longer take revenue for agricultural land. The announcement was made to give farmers a relief because they have been hit hard by demonetisation and kharif crops have suffered, Ms Banerjee here said.
She also appealed to the Centre to waive farm loans. She said before elections the BJP had made a promise to waive farmers’ loans but have done nothing yet. The Chief Minister today inaugurated and laid the foundation for a bouquet of developmental projects for the Paschim Medinipur district from a public meeting here.
The projects inaugurated today by the Chief Minister included a Krishak Bazar, a market complex, water supply projects, a flood rehabilitation centre, road projects, government buildings and godowns among other things.
She said, ” We have started a scheme for those who have lost jobs due to demonetisation. We work for people all round the year; not just during elections. We have already distributed 35 lakh cycles under Sabuj Sathi last year. This year too we will distribute 35 lakh cycles. ”
” We will give cycles to Prani Mitra workers, ICDS and Asha workers. We have increased the honorarium for ICDS and Asha workers. From Sabuj Shree at birth to Samabyathi during death, we have schemes for birth till death, ” Ms Banerjee stated.
” We give rice at Rs 2/kg to 8 crore people. We have started digital ration cards. Over 80,000 folk artistes receive monthly stipend of Rs 1000. We will register one lakh more artistes. Six multi-super speciality hospitals have been set up in West Midnapore district alone, ” she added.
” We have started water supply project ‘Jala Tirtha’ worth Rs 500 crore. A new stadium is being built at Medinipur and Kharagpur, ” she said adding, ” Bengal will become self-sufficient in egg production. We will set up poultries for ducks like we have for hens. ”Bengal produces 80 lakh eggs annually.
By next year we will produce 80 lakhs more ” We are cultivating onion in arid zones of Bankura and Purulia. We have started a Hilsa Research Centre in Bengal, ” she said adding, ” People in Bengal get healthcare for free in government hospitals. Even kidney transplant, heart operations performed for free. ”