CM set to inaugurate 8000 km of new rural roads
Kolkata: Ahead of panchayat polls, chief minister Mamata Banerjee has taken the initiative to construct 8,000 kilometre of rural roads and provide financial assistance to construct houses to over five lakh applicable for economically challenged people. "The new roads would be flagged off on 13 February from Nadia.
Slamming the Centre for the frequent rise of petrol diesel prices and price of essential commodities, Miss Banerjee announced reducing the number of instalments for disbursing the aid for benefiting people.
Presently, aid is given in four instalments of Rs 40,000 (or 44,000 for Junglemahal districts), Rs 30,000 (or 32,000), Rs 40,000 (or 42,000) and Rs 10,000 (or 12,000). According to Banerjee, a total of 25 lakh houses were constructed for the poor under different housing schemes in the last six years.
Bengal is number one in housing and rural employment generation, she added. State panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee said that the state has bagged the first position in major central schemes.