The activities have been carried out following the inspiration of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. In the past four and a half years she had visited the area umpteen times to boost the confidence of the locals and to ensure that the projects that have been taken up for the area’s development are carried out in a swift manner.
The work under MGNREGA has been appreciated by the Centre with the Ministry of Rural Development declaring West Bengal as the best state in the country for having a positive impact on the livelihood of the rural people through convergence in MGNREGA. The Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley handed over the award to Dibyendu Sarkar, a senior official of the Panchayat and Rural Development department. The development of Junglemahal is a classical example of convergence in MGNREGA.
A chunk of 400 acre of land at the confluence of Subarnarekha and Dulung rivers has been developed for horticulture and several medicinal trees have been planted after land levelling. The agriculture department intervened and vermin composing started after land levelling. The assistance of National Mission for Medicinal Plant (NMMP) was taken in planting them.
The administrative meetings held in the districts which were chaired by the Chief Minister have played a major role in the timely implementation of the various projects. The different departments were brought under one umbrella and the problems faced, while carrying out the projects have been resolved in presence of the Chief Minister.
Around 400 labourers got 100 days work to convert the unproductive bushes into tourist attractions having picturesque horticulture, vermin agriculture and medicinal plantation. The famous Jhargram Rajbati has also come up as a major resort for tourists. The place which had been shunned by tourists once has become so popular in the past four and a half years that it is difficult to get accommodation here now.