Co-ordination meeting between agriculture and other departments
Kolkata: For the first time, the state government held a coordination meeting of the agriculture and its allied departments for further improvement in implementation of the related projects to ensure more growth in the rural economy.
A roadmap has been prepared at the meeting that was held at Nabanna Sabhaghar on Friday and steps would be taken for the implementation of the projects as per the roadmap within a set time.
Partha Chatterjee, the state Parliamentary Affairs minister, inaugurated the meeting. Ashis Banerjee, the state Agriculture minister, Tapan Dasgupta, the state Agriculture Marketing minister, Arup Roy, the state Co-operation minister, Jyotipriya
Mallick, the state Food and Supplies minister and ministers of other allied departments were also present in the programme in which the aspects of co-ordination between the departments and the implementation rate of all projects have been discussed in the presence of sabhadipatis and karmadhakshyaks from districts. Pradip Majumdar, agriculture advisor to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, also addressed the meeting.
Partha Chatterjee said that in the past few years, the works of the departments have gained national and international acknowledgement. Steps are needed to be taken if any gaps are found to ensure an overall development.
Chief Secretary Malay De said that proper steps have to be taken to ensure that target of rice procurement in every district reaches and to stress on issuing Kisan Credit Cards for all farmers and to help them get loans. He also urged to take necessary steps to further help self help groups so that they get more financial assistance and at the same time, further development of rural infrastructure should be taken care of.
Majumdar said that the average income of farmers in the state has gone up by a huge percentage at present compared to that of Rs 91,000 per year in 2010-11.