In a major move of re-organisation of districts in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on
Friday announced four new districts will be carved out of existing districts of the State.
Kalimpong district will be carved out of Kalimpong subdivision of the State’s Darjeeling district. The
demand for a separate Kalimpong district was raised among others by the local MLA Harka Badadur Chettri
who recently severed ties with the Gorkha Janmukti
Morcha (GJM). Both Mr Chettri and the GJM leadership
have welcomed the announcement of the new district.
The other districts includes Jhargram to be carved
out of Paschim Midnapore district, Basirhat from
North 24 Parganas and Sunderbans, which was
announced last month.
The Chief Minister also announced that Bardhaman
district will be split into two districts – rural
Bardhaman and urban Bardhaman.
There are 20 districts in the State and Sunderbans,
which was announced last month was supposed to be
the 21st district.
Ms Banerjee said that the decisions would be
implemented in the next six months to one year.
“We have to take permission from court, make
offices, recruit district magistrates and police
superintendents,” the Chief Minister said. The
administrative decision came after a Cabinet
meeting, she added.
Speaking to journalists at the State Secretariat, Ms
Banerjee said that her government will provide rice
and wheat at subsidised rate to seven crore people
in the State. As per the 2011 Census, the population
of West Bengal was 9.13 crore.
“Seven crore people will get rice and wheat at Rs.2
per kg. We are giving it so that people get food
security,” she said.
Under the National Food Security Act, about 6.3
crore people of the State should be provided
foodgrain. Ms Banerjee said that since 70 lakh more
people have filled up forms to get subsidised
foodgrain, they will also be included in the list.
“This will ensure that we have 80 per cent
coverage,” she added.
‘To make a turn-around’
PTI adds: Meanwhile, at a public meeting in the
Hooghly district, she said that it was her challenge
to make a turn-around in the State.
“The students and youth of Bengal are our future.
They will make us proud globally. You should be
proud to say you belong to Bengal,” she said.
Stating that Dankuni has huge potential, Ms.
Banerjee noted that the area was being transformed
into an industrial and trade corridor. Industrial
infrastructure in the area is being revamped and it
would create huge employment opportunities for the
She said that Hooghly district holds potential in
agriculture, horticulture, MSME sectors and tourism,
adding that the Dankuni-Furfura Sharif railway
project was conceived during her tenure as Railway
Criticising the opposition CPI(M), she said it had
hatched a conspiracy by taking huge debt in its
final years in power in the State so that the
government that took over would not be able to work.
“Despite their conspiracy we have been able to carry
forward many development works,” Ms. Banerjee said.
Schemes worth Rs.75 crore have been taken up for the
area around Furfura Sharif, while foundation stones
were laid for Rs.400 crore worth projects at
Arambagh in the district.
Launching a fleet of 19 buses along eight routes in
the Hooghly district, Ms. Banerjee said the move was
aimed at making transport hassle-free for common
people. She also inaugurated and laid the foundation
stones of a host of other projects and also
distributed cycles to students under ‘Sabuj Sathi’
scheme and land ‘pattas’ (title deed to property) to