On November 28, 2016, the Calcutta High Court had given the necessary permissions to set up three new districts — Kalimpong, Jhargram and Asansol. On the same day, the Chief Minister had announced that the new districts will be “officially” created before Poila Boishakh – the Bengali New Year – which falls on April 15.
Earlier, the Chief Minister had declared Kalimpong as the 21st district of the State, on February 14. A new district, Paschim Bardhaman, comprising the industrial zone of Bardhaman, will be declared the 23rd district of the State on April 7, 2017.
Mamata Banerjee addressed a large crowd during the inauguration ceremony today. The salient points of her speech are as follows:
A long-standing demand of the people have been fulfilled today.
The days of violence are gone. Peace reigns in Jhargram now.
April 4 will be celebrated as Jhargram Dibas from now.
We organise sports tournaments involving the people of Jangalmahal every year.
35,000 youths have been given jobs by the police.
32 lakh SC/ST students receive scholarship under the Shikshashree Scheme.
We will set up a university in Jhargram district in the future.
We have set up 9 colleges, 6 multi super-speciality hospitals in Jhargram district.
One lakh artistes get a monthly stipend of Rs 1,000. We will register one lakh more artistes.
We have registered 14,000 new people under the scheme for giving pensions to widows.
We have started a pension scheme for kendu leaf collectors.
From birth to death, we have a scheme for every phase of life.
We have given recognition to the Ol Chiki language.
We have distributed 35 lakh bicycles under the Sabuj Sathi Scheme. This year 35 lakh more bicycles will be distributed.
We have made healthcare free at Government hospitals. ICDS and ASHA workers have been brought under the coverage of health insurance.
We started the scheme of providing rice at Rs 2 per kg from Jangalmahal. Eight crore people are now covered under the Khadya Sathi Scheme.
We have done away with khajna (tax) on agricultural land.
I again urge the Centre to waive farmers’ loans.
We have given land pattas to 3 lakh people.
People of Jangalmahal are famous across the country for the chhau dance and for archery.
We will set up an archery academy in Jhargram.
We have taken up a project worth Rs 500 crore to build check dams.
The major share of our revenue is taken away by the Centre to pay off the debt incurred by the Left Front Government.
Our youths and students are the future of our country.We will make Bengal the best in the world.