Webdesk: – On the second day of her visit to Purba Medinipur district, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressed a public meeting in Digha. She inaugurated and laid the foundation stones for a bouquet of developmental projects for the district.
The Chief Minister inaugurate projects like a teachers’ training school, government buildings, hostels, irrigation projects, cold storages, road projects, among many others.
Salient points of her speech:
Whenever I come to Purba Medinipur district I am reminded of the Independence Movement, new awakening, religious unity, harmony, solidarity, integrity and unity because of the great freedom fighters and leaders who hail from here. Medinipur is the embodiment of the great traditions of Bengal.
People from all places visit Digha; in future, it would become an international tourist destination too. Digha has transformed – it is getting bedecked in new colours to welcome more and more tourists. Those coming here after a gap say many improvements have taken place, and we feel happy.
Hence, the residents here have a duty to help visitors, understand their needs. Guests need to be given a proper reception.
Today, people cannot visit Darjeeling because of the violent protests taking place there. But they can come to Digha which, along with other regions in South Bengal, will gain as the more the number of tourists, the more will be the job opportunities that will open up.
After our earlier visits, we have re-discovered Tajpur, Udaipur and Sankarpur and developed Mandarmani. Yesterday, a Rs 3,500-crore power project was launched in Digha. To me, Digha is like the Kanyashree scheme. I want to help create a Dighashree too. Tajpur Port is being built near Digha at a cost of Rs 12,000 crores, and such a project will mean more industries and hotels, and jobs. A new Buriganga-Tajpur bridge is being built in Digha. All this means the region will develop, and the youth will have to be prepared.
But the cooperation of the local traders and residents must continue. There should be no encroachments. We have enabled government services and schemes for 95 per cent of the population. The government has done a lot of developmental work, and it will continue to do so. I wish for Digha to transform into a wonder of the world.
Our government has reprieved farmers of their debts. We have presented farmers with the Krishak Ratna awards. If crops are destroyed due to natural disasters, we compensate farmers so that their well-being is looked after.
Students who are beneficiaries of Kanyashree and Sabuj Sathi Schemes are the pride of Bengal and the future of the State; similarly for Sabujshree – a sapling for every child born. In Bengal, 8.5 crore people get rice at Rs 2 per kg. Free treatment and beds are available at Government hospitals. We are the only state that provides this. There are plans for a university in Purba Medinipur district. A new double-lane road connecting Nandakumar with Digha is coming up. Through the Sabar Ghare Alo Scheme, the district has undergone 100 per cent electrification. A super-speciality hospital has been set up.
All over the state, 300 polytechnic colleges, industrial training institutes (ITIs), eight medical colleges and 17 universities have come up. Bengal is number one in girl child empowerment through Kanyashree Scheme, and the numero uno in the parameter of skill development too. Bengal has been the recipient of the Central Government’s Krishak Ratna Award thrice. The State Government has started the Mabhoi Scheme for media personnel. Bengal is going ahead full steam, in spite of a yearly debt of over Rs 40,000 crore.
On the Opposition
But some people are not in favour of development. They don’t like Bengal to go ahead, and so they are scheming against us, stoking violence and criticising the Government. Be careful of such people. There is no cure for violence. Don’t give an ear to slander and misinformation.
There is no place for those who indulge in violence in Bengal. Bengal is humane, not insensitive. The people will stand up against those who come to divide Bengal and fight those demons. Bengal has progressed over the years because of the people’s intrinsic nature to be united no matter what religion, caste or creed.
But now from Delhi has come down Ram (that is, BJP) and has got tagged with Bam (that is, the Left).
I feel bad about Amarnath Yatra. Pilgrims are being shot; this Central Government is not being able to protect the people. It just knows to throw people in the mouth of danger. It is a failure in all respects. It has imposed GST, as a result of which many business people have had to suspend their activities. It is creating divisiveness and playing with fire, and tearing apart the fabric of the nation.
Our biggest identity is our humanity. The BJP has a single-minded passion for destructive activities like rioting and arson; and its representatives are happy touring countries. Amarnath pilgrims today are facing misery because of these people; passions in Darjeeling are aflame because of these same people.
We will not let Darjeeling go up in flames; we will bring back peace to the region. Our work is to establish peace in the state. We will not bow our heads to the nefarious schemes of the Centre. My appeal to all those intent on destruction is to not play with fire but to try to establish peace. Violence is equivalent to destruction, peace to construction. We don’t want any disturbance. We want peace to return. We live for the welfare of the people.