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Rich flee with huge loans, while farmers being deprived: Mamata

Jhargram: Coming down heavily on BJP, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while referring to the PNB scam, said it is a tragedy that the farmers and Self-Help Group (SHG) members are not getting loans from banks while some rich people have managed the same and fled with the money.
She was addressing the MLAs and state government officials at the administrative review meeting here on Friday afternoon. It may be mentioned that Banerjee has on Thursday demanded a thorough time-bound inquiry into the Rs 11,000 crore PNB scam.
The Chief Minister said the night bus service here would resume soon and instructed the additional chief secretary in charge of Transport department, Alapan Bandyopadhyay, to increase the frequency of state-run buses from Jhargram to Kolkata.
"Due to the absence of buses after 5 pm, people are greatly inconvenienced. Many teachers find it difficult to return home as there are no buses. The bus service should be restored immediately," she said.
Chief Minister said three new sub-divisions would be set up in Jhargram, Gopiballavpur and Belpahari and two new police stations will come up at Banspahari and Manickpur. She said local clubs and religious places should be involved to make people aware of the Safe Drive Save Life initiative.
"Local clubs and the temples and mosques should be involved to make people aware of the Safe Drive Save Life initiative. Rural people will have to be made aware as well. Posters and banners should be put up in different areas to caution those who talk on cell phones while driving. They should know that their licence will be cancelled if they drive while talking."
Banerjee instructed the officials, particularly the Block Development Officers (BDOs), to ensure speedy construction of rural roads. She had inaugurated the building of 13,000 km of rural roads at a function at Krishnanagar on Tuesday.
She has also asked the BDOs to ensure that those getting benefits under the Kanyashree project do not face any problem. The Chief Minister directed Sanjay Thade, Principal Secretary, Backward Classes Welfare Department, to distribute all remaining bicycles under the Sabuj Sathi project by February.
The state government had decided to distribute 70 lakh cycles among the students of classes IX, X, XI and XII of state-run, aided and sponsored schools. Banerjee began distribution of the cycles at Gopiballavpur Block I in September 2015. Around 95 percent of the cycles have been distributed till now.
Banerjee said the Rupashree scheme would be implemented from April, once the Budget proposals are passed in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly. A Chhau Academy will come up near Jhargram. She maintained that the folk artists are getting stipend and programmes which have made them economically self-reliant.
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