Jealous forces trying to create communal problems: Mamata



Bankura (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said certain forces jealous with the progress in the state under Trinamool Congress were trying to flare communal problems.

The government is aware of this and is keeping a watch over the situation. "Those who will try to fan communal feelings will be dealt with a strict hand ... Riots are the greatest enemy of the society," she said.

"Some people have lost their mental balance after losing power after 35 years ...," Banerjee, who ended the three decade-long CPI-M-led Left Front rule in the state, said adding the people do not want any riots but 'some' political parties trigger them by spreading lies to serve their own ends.

"A section of the media is spreading canards about the TMC government. Please do not pay heed to it ... We must work together," she said addressing a public meeting at Onda in backward Bankura district in the last leg of her two-day tour to former Maoist-affected areas.

Peace had returned in Jangalmahal tribal area after 20 years. "People were earlier scared to leave their homes fearing violence, but now can do so freely."

Banerjee, who had earlier accused the Centre of not providing any financial assistance to the cash-strapped state, said the financial health of the state was like that of a poor man trying to marry off his daughter. "One rupee earned by the government is being spent to service the Rs 2.5 lakh crore debt left by the erstwhile LF govt.

"But we have not begged for money and we are implementing all the projects in the state on our own financial strength against great odds," she said and urged the party leaders to be with the people.

Banerjee said her government's priority would be generating employment for the unemployed and aimed to create 10 lakh job opportunities during its tenure.

She said already six lakh job opportunities have been created, including one lakh teachers.

Banerjee said the government would provide free crop insurance to farmers in the state and 30,000 farmers would be given free cycle vans to sell vegetables.

Besides, 36 pharmacies will be set up in or near medical college hospitals and sadar hospitals in the state to sell medicines at 50 per cent subsidised rates in a month's time, she said.

Banerjee laid the foundation of a Rs 1011.22 crore piped water project for Bankura and Bishnupur municipalities and 14 blocks in Bankura's rural areas, a district training centre, a horticulture training school, besides hostel for girls of the minority community during the programme.

Referring to the development efforts in Bankura, she said the government would set up two super-speciality hospitals

at Onda and Chatna in Bankura district, a school named after Raghunath Murmu at Chatna, besides a sports academy at Khatra, a village haat at Bishnpur and seven schools along with hostels in the erstwhile Maoist-hit areas of Bankura district.

The Susunia hill in Bankura would be developed into a place of tourist interest, while eight model schools and 340 primary schools will be set up in the district, where a total Rs 107 crore would be given to the public works department to maintain and construct new roads, besides improving the infrastructure in nine rural hospitals, she said.

PTI