Subsidised grains to  seven crore people

Kolkata: Months before the Assembly elections, the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal on Friday decided to start a new food security scheme to provide over 3 crore beneficiaries with food grains at Rs 2 per kg, taking to 7 crore the number of people getting subsidised food.

“Currently our government gives rice at Rs 2 per kg to 3.33 crore people in the state. We are starting a new scheme for food security from January 27,” Banerjee said.

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WB to get 6 new districts

Kolkata: The West Bengal cabinet on Friday ratified a proposal to create six new districts including THE Sundarbans — the world’s largest mangrove forest.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the Darjeeling district in north Bengal will be bifurcated and a new district Kalimpong — now a sub-division — carved out of it. The Sundarbans stretches currently across parts of the North and South 24 Parganas districts.


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