Mamata to set out for 5-day tour of South Bengal today
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will embark on a five-day tour of South Bengal that will begin from Monday. Her itinerary, as per sources in the state secretariat, will cover the three districts of Jangalmahal- Jhargram, Purulia and Bankura. She will also be visiting West and East Burdwan districts.
As per the present schedule, Banerjee will address a public gathering at Jhargram on Monday afternoon, where she will carry out public distribution under various schemes of the government. She will follow it up with an administrative meeting, in which she will take stock of the development work done in the district.
The Chief Minister's Jhargram visit assumes significance in the wake of reports in a section of media claiming that seven people had died due to starvation at the district. Banerjee has recently made it clear in the state Assembly that there has not been a single death due to starvation or lack of food.
"No one has died in Bengal due to starvation. We provide free rice and wheat to each and every poor person in this state - from the hills in the North to Jangalmahal in the South," Banerjee said in her address at the state Assembly. On Tuesday, the Chief Minister will hold an administrative review meeting at Purulia and follow it up with a meeting with the Hindi speaking community. "She will take a stock of the facilities this community has been getting and accordingly give necessary instructions to district officials on how to better these amenities," a senior official of the district administration said.
Banerjee will address a public gathering and chair an administrative meeting in Bankura on Wednesday.
The districts of Jangalmahal have witnessed a drastic change under the Mamata Banerjee government. Peace and tranquility has been restored in the area, which was a Maoist hotbed during the rule of the Left Front government.
On Thursday and Friday, she will visit West and East Burdwan. Banerjee is scheduled to chair the cabinet meeting at Nabanna on November 30, after returning to the city from East Burdwan.