Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Bengal surges ahead: Here is the details of achievements by Mamata Banerjee leaded Trinamool Congress (TMC/AITC) government in last little over 5 years which surpassed previous Left Front (CPIM) government’s 34yrs achievement.

After 34yrs of misrule by CPIM leaded Left Front Government, now from May’2011 West Bengal witnessed an array of welfare schemes sponsored and funded solely by the State Government during Mamata Banerjee (Didi) leaded Trinamool era.
Several schemes by TMC government earned acclaims from national and international authorities. Be it agriculture, education, health, infrastructure, social welfare or any other sector, there was a tailor made scheme for each slice of the society.   West Bengal may be is the lone State where the government benefits reached almost 100 per cent of the population.
Here are the 12 BIG achievements of the West Bengal Government during Mamata Banerjee’s tenure>>

1) Fair Price Shops: 

A) Rs 2/kg rice -  ‘Rajya Khadya Suraksha Yojana’ helped the economically weaker sections.
Apart from it Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee constantly monitored the market prices and met with the task force to keep the prices of foods in control. The Govt rolled out fair price seed shops, fair price vegetable shops and prices of the food grains were kept under close watch.

B) Cheaper Medicines & Medical Diagnostics:

TMC government opened Fair-Price Medicine Shop in almost all major government hospitals. The Government is also launched Fair Price Diagnostic Centers.

2) Development in Health sector: 

It’s not only fair priced medicines and diagnostic total health sector  saw massive change  and infrastructural improvements through such programs as special schemes  for example, ‘Shishu Saathi’, establishment of fair price medicine shops (where costly medicines are made available at almost half their prices), establishment of Sick Newborn Care Units  a number of super-specialty hospitals, Mother and Child Hubs, Intensive and Critical Care Units, Trauma Centers, free diagnostic and medical services for every segment of the society and overall improvement in all services also resulted in improvement of many health  as well as drastic decline in maternal and infant mortality rates.

3) Development of Girl Child: Kanyashree Prakalpo:

Every year, 14th August is celebrated as the 'KanyashreeDibas'. The Chief Minister opened the 'Kanyashree Prakalpo', which consists of an annual stipend of Rs 500 for girls aged between 13 to 18, studying in school and providing one time grant of Rs 25,000 to unmarried girl between the age to 18 and 19 and who are undergoing study or training.  About 1Cr girls have already been enlisted. 

Scholarship/ financial support for the girl child through its ‘Kanyashree’ scheme to arrest girls dropping out of the formal education system which had a enormous effect on rural Bengal Didi distributed  free cycles, free textbooks and free shoes for the students, 100 per cent availability of girls’ toilet in every school.

It has been given international recognition by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and UNICEF.

5) No. 1 in 100 Days’ Work Scheme:

West Bengal ranked No.1 in the country in terms of expenditure under 100-days work in 2013-14. The State exceeded the budget and recorded highest-ever expenditure of more than Rs 5600 Crore. Not only in rural areas even urban areas too get benefits of this scheme.

6) Peace in 'Junglemahal':

One of the most striking performance has definitely been in the State’s success in changing the face of ‘Junglemahal’ making it an area which is laughing at the moment . Both the regions are not only peaceful but have also witnessed unprecedented development and improvement in all. The success of the government on these scores has been acknowledged by all.
7) Economic Growth:

As a result of improved revenue collection and financial discipline, the State’s capital and agri-rural development expenditure jumped six fold, the plan, physical and social infrastructure expenditure more than trebled thereby making West Bengal had an economic growth rate of almost 11 per cent, 3.5 per cent more than the national average.

8) Improve connectivity.. Better roads plus new buses, new routes:

Recently West Bengal witnessed better infrastructure throughout the state also rapid explanation of routes and new buses. More than 10 thousand new routes are opened with almost Lakhs of new buses launched. New, no-refusal AC and non-AC taxis are also launched. Some AC buses have been made Wi-Fi enabled and ‘smart buses’ are being rolled out.

9) Employment Generation:

The Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal today claimed that it had created 68 lakh jobs in its first five-year term.
State finance minister Amit Mitra told the Assembly that the total number of jobs created in the state stood at 68,00,912.
New government jobs amounted to 3,96,143, out of which school teachers (primary and secondary) accounted for 56,696.
Mamata Banerjee made 'Tantuja' (state’s handloom marketing unit) which was thrown into darkness by the Left Govt at last have emerged from RED to provide profit which is a huge achievement as it saves large number of employees.
Bengal also introduced some self employed schemes like Gatidhara etc. 

10) World Bank’s Award for 'Gram Panchayats' of West Bengal:

WB Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee  announced that under the World Bank Project on Institutional Strengthening, almost 99% Gram Panchayats of Bengal have qualified for award of block grant of around Rs. 20 lakh each.
For clean rural Bengal, Didi introduced “Nirmal Bangla” which was acclaimed by UNICEF also.

11) Administrative building in North Bengal “Uttar Kanya’’:

The establishment of the Branch Secretariat of Government of West Bengal at Uttar Kanya, Dabgram, is another bold initiative taken by the present Government, after the creation of North Bengal Development Department. This will cater to the needs of 22% population residing in 24% of the total area of the state comprising of 7 districts. This not only signals the honest & sincere intention of the Government towards the overall development of North Bengal but this is the first such instance in the country. The first administrative meeting was held on 11th February, chaired by the CM Ms Mamata Banerjee.

12) Boost for Tourism: 
WB CM visited Sagar Islands and Sunderbans with a delegation of industrialists who pledged to invest in the development of tourism infrastructure in these areas. The CM announced plans to develop a deep sea port at Sagar while eco-tourism would be the focus at Sunderbans.

Traditional tourist attractions like Darjeeling, Digha, Dooars etc also developed as tourist friendly. Even Jangalmahal also developed as tourist attraction.

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Notwithstanding the negativism of the critics, one is sure that West Bengal shall continue to march on the path to development to reclaim its cherished place in the sun.

This article is written by Saroop Chattopadhyay with some help/inputs & edited by Mr. Jayanta Sengupta & some inspiration taken by an article of Dr. Saumitra Mohan (IAS).

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1 comment:

  1. That's the reason public gave MB another chance :D