AIMING TO uplift the socio-economic condition of the people in Sundarbans, the state government has introduced new initiatives in the area such as building connectivity between various islands and specific skill development, said Principal Secretary of Sundarban Affairs department M V Rao.
For this purpose, the state has decided to invest more than Rs 400 crore for these development projects in the marshlands, Rao said.
“A lot of work has been done in the Sundarbans. For the first time, the state government is aggressively pursuing a project for connecting all islands in Sundarbans. There are 104 islands in the Sundarbans, of which half are inhibited by around 50 lakh people, while the rest are forest areas. It is for the first time that the government has allotted Rs 400 crore to develop infrastructure,” the official said.
According to Rao, different skill development programes would be initiated in different villages.
For instance, to aid the rich tourism potential, the state government had started three hospitality management courses in the past 12 months, so that educated but unemployed youths could be trained.
R N Bandyopadhyay, Chairman of the Board of Studies and Skilling in the West Bengal Council of Technical and Vocational Education and Skill Development and Officer on Special Duty, said the state had bagged awards at the national level for its various programmes on skill development for three consecutive years.