Help us revive Murshidabad’s lost glory, urges Mamata
Earlier, she held an administrative meeting with senior district officials. She was accompanied by chief secretary, additional chief secretaries and principal secretaries at the meeting.
Without naming WBPCC president Adhir Chowdhury, she said: “More politics and less work have affected the district adversely. They always criticise Mamata Banerjee but it would have been proper if they could do one per cent of what I have done.”
Referring to the history of Murshidabad district, she said, “This district had produced both Shiraj-ud-Daullah and Mir Zafar.” Without naming Chowdhury, who was the minister of state for Railways, she said the road approaching the railway station was in deplorable condition and no steps had ever been taken to improve it.
The Trinamool Congress supremo said there were problems, but they would find solutions. “Help us revive the glory of Murshidabad district with development,” she said.
Banerjee on Tuesday distributed 3,000 bicycles among Class IX students under Sabuj Sathi project. Another 25,000 bicycles will be distributed among them within the next couple of days. The new bicycles are equipped with safety features like reflectors. There was much excitement among the students on receiving the bicycles. She said that in the past five years, the state government spent Rs 2,350 crore to pay scholarships to 1.10 crore students belonging to minority community. “It is my dream that our students are the best in the world and I am working in that direction,” she said.
She said that it was unfortunate that in the past 70 years simple projects like setting up drainage system or establishment of schools did not take place in the district. “As the Zilla Parishad has come under us, there will be all-round development in the district,” she maintained. The municipalities would be given assistance and beautification projects would be taken up. She regretted that no community centre, except Rabindra Sadan which came up decades ago, could be constructed in the district.
The Chief Minister said that the state government had undertaken comprehensive schemes to improve the communication network in the district and several jetties had been inaugurated on Tuesday which would improve river transportation. Under Gatidhara scheme, buses, cars, auto-rickshaws were handed over to the youth. She said cold storage facilities would be constructed and the number of jute procurement centres would be increased. The state government would focus on improvement of agriculture and industry. New schemes would be initiated to upgrade silk and textile industries of the district.
Banerjee said that Rs 2,000 would be given from the gram panchayat and BDOs to those who are unable to cremate their near and dear ones for want of money. The burial ground and crematoria would also be upgraded. “There will be total development of the district,” she said. Banerjee also told the gathering that she would again come after the Pujas and urged them to maintain peace during the festive season.