Interestingly, her announcement came from Narayangarh Assembly constituency, where the people had responded to her call to defeat Surya Kanta Mishra, the health minister of the Left Front government and CPI(M)’s state secretary, in the 2016 Assembly election.
She said: “The people of Narayangarh kept their word and I have also come to keep my commitment. As I had said, I am starting my district tour with the facility distribution programme in Narayangarh.” She narrated the incident when two persons had approached her at the helipad when she came for an election campaign at Narayangarh.
They told her that there was no hospital in the area and the people have to travel a long distance for a better health care facility. “So the state government will set up a super speciality hospital at Belda in Narayangarh. It will be a 300 bed hospital which will come up at a cost of Rs 65 crores. It will take around 2 years to complete the project,” she said.
Banerjee on Monday said that she would come to inaugurate the hospital. The work to set up 41 multispecialty hospitals has been taken up in the last five years. The work of 30 hospitals is complete and for the rest 11, the work will start soon. One more hospital will come up in Narayangarh.
It may be mentioned that Dr Mishra had been winning from Narayangarh Assembly constituency since 1991. He also contested in the 2016 election from the same constituency.
Local people claimed that Dr Mishra had failed to improve the health care facility even in his own constituency. She said that the health department had turned into “jibonta jamalaya” (hell) during the Left Front rule. But it has now got a new life in the past five years. She further said that a college will come up in Narayangarh. Around 10 acre land was donated to the state government and the college will come up on the plot at Ratipur mouza.
The state government has already set up 46 colleges in the past five years. A power substation at a cost of Rs 8 crores and a cereal storage centre will come up in Narayangarh, she said.
Anti-erosion project at an additional investment of Rs 2000 crore for Keleghai-Kapileswari will be taken up and the proposal for Ghatal master plan has also been sent to the Centre. She ended the programme thanking the people of Narayangarh, saying that she would always be with the people.
Today, 15,560 people have received different benefits under the several projects of the state government. Banerjee has laid the foundation stones for 14 projects and has inaugurated 32 new projects. She once again mentioned that development work is the priority of her government and urged the people’s representatives and government officials to be in touch with the grassroot level, to know their grievances.