To beat the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha election scheduled this May, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated a large number of schemes and projects in one go — at a programme organised at Nabanna today.
While inaugurating the schemes covering a wide range of areas, she said one should not take these as mere election promises.
“The Trinamool Congress government, unlike the Communists, will ensure that the projects announced are actually implemented. Where there is a will, there is a way. The same been proved by the Trinamool Congress, as despite the Centre taking away Rs 70.000 crore from the state’s resources, it state has managed to keep the pace of development unaffected.”
Then drawing an analogy with cricket, she said “In Bengal, at present, the field is good, the batting is good, bowling is good and the umpire is also good.”
Mamata also inaugurated through remote control four kisan mandis — one in memory of slain Tapasi Malik of Singur.
The CM also donated 35 ambulances from her MPLAD fund. She also inaugurated air conditioned Volvo buses for the city under the JNNURM project.
A large number of girl students were handed over bicycles with the chief minister underlining that the government has handed over 180,000 cycles to girl students under the minority development scheme, over 75,000 under the tribal welfare development schemes and another 17,000 under Corporate Social Responsibility funds.
The CM also handed over the Priyamvada Birla Scholarship to of 25 students in the fields of degree courses in general discipline, professional courses, engineering and medicine. The 25 recipients were selected from among 5646 applicants.
Some of the key projects announced by the chief minister today included a bridge over Hatania-Duania river near Bakkhali at a cost of over Rs 365 crore, Garden Reach flyover, work on 31D highway in north Bengal, Alliah university at a cost of Rs 235 crore, air conditioning of Nazrul Manch and its renovation and others.
The CM said that the total cost of the schemes inaugurated today will total about Rs 2000 crore.
The Chief Minister sounded very assertive when she claimed that the state government had been launching one scheme after the other which are becoming models for others like — 2 kilo rice to over 3,2 crore population across the state, peace in Junglemahal, and in Darjeeling hills and fair price medicine shops.