Kharagpur (West Midnapore): During her maiden visit to the districts of West Midnapore after the Assembly polls,West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced economic packages for the Maoist-affected districts.

Promising jobs and development Banerjee asserted that violence will not be tolerated. On her first visit to rebel-affected districts after assuming charge, Banerjee held two meetings at Nayagram and Jhargram - both in West Midnapore district - laying stress on education and employment.  For development of the Santhali language which is predominant in the area, Banerjee announced that 900 schools will be established where language will be taught. She also said that 1,800 teachers from the area will be appointed in these schools. Girl students from Class 9 to 12 would be given bicycles free of cost within three months, she added.

The projects which she announced for education include promoting 235 schools to the level of higher secondary and industrial and polytechnic schools in Binpur. Social, cultural and sports academies will also be set up, said the chief minister.  Bringing smiles on the faces of the youth Banerjee said, “I announce that 10,000 people from the area will be given jobs in national volunteer force (NVF), home guards and police. You have to apply within three months.”

In a novel step, Banerjee announced that rice at Rs.2 a kg will be distributed to the people from police stations and Block Development Offices till a proper infrastructure is built for their distribution. People with annual income of Rs.42,000 or less would come under the scheme.

Banerjee said for developing medical infrastructure, Rs.125 crore will be spent in Junglemahal.

Out Of this, Rs.85 crore will be spent in the current year for setting up and developing health centres.

She informed that the government will spend Rs.112 crore on potable water.

Banerjee also announced plans to increase the base of old age pensioners to 75,000 from the current 8,000.

JPN/Bureau/Agencies