Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata
Banerjee, who began functioning from her own chamber at the
state secretariat, on Monday paid Rs two lakh to the government
from her own funds towards its renovation.
"I have had the room done up in keeping with my taste. I
am told that the cost incurred is Rupees two lakh. I have
handed over a cheque for the amount to the Chief Secretary,"
Banerjee told newsmen.
According to Secretariat officials, the money was paid
from the proceeds of the sale of Banerjee`s paintings.
Since taking oath on May 20, Banerjee has been
functioning from the ante chamber of her office and the Chief
Minister`s conference room.
Banerjee said some departments would be expanded in
keeping with their importance and located outside the state
Secretariat. At present, departments like Health, Education
and IT are located outside the heritage Writers` Buildings.
The Chief Minister`s Office would also be expanded.
The state government would observe the sesquecentennial
of Rabindranath Tagore in a befitting manner, she said, adding
a committee would be formed with eminent citizens.