[ecis2016.org] West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced a slew of projects, including a housing scheme for five lakh people and a mega Rs 3,000-crore road, for the development of rural Bengal
Five lakh people of the state would get houses under the state government’s ‘Bangla Gramin Abas Yojna’ on January 29, 2018, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said, adding that another three lakh had received assistance, for building houses under the ‘Geetanjali’ scheme.
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Banerjee also announced a Rs 3,000-crore north-south corridor project, which will pass through Bardhaman district and a Rs 2,768-crore project, to extend the reach of the irrigation facilities to the western districts of the state.
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“The farmers are our assets. We have paid a compensation of Rs 1,200 crores, to those farmers affected by floods. Around 79 lakh Kisan Credit Cards (KCCs) have also been distributed. The banks have been asked to give more loans against these KCCs,” she said.
Ten camps and 186 ‘kisan bazaars’ were set up by the government for paddy procurement in the state, she added. The state government had also paid Rs 626 crores, as insurance premium for 21 lakh hectares of land, the chief minister said, adding that a textile hub would be coming up at Saktigarh in the district and that the work on an NTPC power plant was underway at Katwa.
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