CM talks tough at review meet

A tough-talking Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday indicated she wouldn't brook delays in completing development work.

While reviewing works of the North Bengal Development Department(NBDD) executed over the past six years, the chief minister at one point even rapped Goutam Deb, the state tourism minister. Deb was the north Bengal development minister during 2011-'16.

"During his tenure as the NBDD minister, most work was done for Siliguri and his constituency — Dabgram-Phulbari. He had failed to execute his duty as a minister of Bengal. He was more a minister of his homeground. Now, Rabi (Rabindranath Ghosh) is the NBDD minister. It's understandable that he will prefer Cooch Behar more than the other north Bengal districts," Banerjee said, replying to Maynaguri MLA Ananta Deb Adhikary.

Banerjee instructed Deb to expedite the Gajoldoba tourism project, which recently got a nod from the court. "It is our dream project. The court has lifted the injunction. I would like Goutam to look into the matter personally and ensure that work on it resumes at the earliest," she said.

During the review meeting, the CM sanctioned a new medical college for Jalpaiguri. According to sources, the super speciality hospital building and its premises would be developed into a medical college. Banerjee instructed the health secretary to expedite the process.

Banerjee announced on Tuesday that in order to bring transparency in the health sector, the government would launch e-record and e-service for patients. The chief minister set a week's deadline for the health secretary to launch the system.

The CM also asked Roshni Sen, the social welfare secretary, to bring more girls under Kanyashree. TOI


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