Darjeeling: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the Trinamool Congress government in the state has implemented the maximum number of social schemes in the country.
Speaking at a meeting here in Cooch Behar district to review the progress of various social schemes and development projects, she added: "We have implemented maximum number of social schemes for the development of different category of people, which will not be found in any other state. Once again, Bengal is showing the way to the entire nation."
The Chief Minister further added: "We have plenty of social schemes like Kanyashree, Yuvashree, Sabuj Sathi etc. from which people can get immense facilities for better life."
Banerjee stated that 6 lakh unemployed youth were given skill training and 2 lakh youth would undergo training in the jute sector. "We have built 25 lakh houses under various schemes and have handed over land documents to many," she added.
She stressed on the need to make available all benefits to the far-flung areas bordering Bangladesh, where people from the Enclaves are also residing.
The Chief Minister attended a government programme followed by an administrative review meeting at Changrabandha along the Indo-Bangladesh border in Cooch Behar on Tuesday.
Addressing the gathering at Changrabandha, the Chief Minister stated that the area is strategically very important as it is a land port too.
"We have formed a Changrabandha Development Authority, police station and customs here. Many of the Enclave areas live here," she stated.
Banerjee stated that a historic agreement had been inked between India and Bangladesh thereby resolving the 60-year-long Enclave impasse.
"I fail to understand what the previous governments were doing for 60 years. Finally, our government emerged as the ray of hope for these people. The process for building houses, roads and providing ration to the Enclave dwellers is underway," stated Banerjee.
She cautioned the people residing in those areas and said: "There are some who want to create a divide between you all. Do not fall into the trap."
The Chief Minister asked the Central government departments including Customs to work hand-in-hand with the Changrabandha Development Authority. "The Centre and state should work together for the development of the people. This is not a place for politics but for the development of the masses," she stated.
She asked the North Bengal Development Department to build lodging facilities in Changrabandha in order to encourage people to visit the area under Mekhligunj sub-division.
The Chief Minister inaugurated numerous projects including a 33/11 KV sub-station in Cooch Behar; police stations at Mathabhanga, Sitai and Toofangunj; fire station at Sitalkuchi; MRI unit at Cooch Behar hospital; 40 km of metalled road in the Enclave areas and 24 Anganwadi centres in different blocks of the district.