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New development inititiatives taken in Bardhaman

  New initiatives have been taken by the government to improve health, education and administration in district Bardhaman.
There have been major developments in the sectors of rural development, agriculture, health, industry and education, among others.
Police
Four new police stations have been established: Durgapur women police station, Asansol-Durgapur women police station, Bardhaman women police station and Nadanghat police station.
Health and Family Welfare
Five special newborn care units (SNCUs) are already operational in Bardhaman Medical College and Hospital, Asansol District Hospital, Durgapur Sub-divisional Hospital, Katwa Sub-divisional Hospital, and Kalna Sub-divisional Hospital.
23 sick newborn stabilisation units (SNSUs) are operational in the district.
Three critical care units (CCUs) are running in Durgapur, Asansol, and Bardhaman.
Education
Almost 2.45 lakh students have been presented with bicycles under the Sabuj Shathi Scheme.
31 primary schools and 336 higher secondary schools have been established.
24 primary schools have been upgraded to Madhyamik schools and 186 Madhyamik schools have been upgraded to Higher Secondary schools.
Agriculture and Land Reforms
We have developed Mati Tirtha to initiate dialogues on agriculture and other related sectors.
An Agriculture University has been established in Sadhanpur to bring in modern scientific techniques in the sphere of agriculture.
To aid unemployed youth, 160 Bengal Dairy kiosks have been established in the district.
Panchayat and Rural Development
The State Government has facilitated the building of 62,000 houses under Indira Awaas Yojana.
Under Mission Nirmal Bangla, around 3.74 lakh toilets have been built in the district. In 2014-15, Bardhaman was ranked 4th nation-wide and 3rd in West Bengal based on the number of household toilets built.
Minorities Development
Around Rs 110 crore have been spent on various schemes under the Multi-Sectoral Development Programme (MSDP).
535 Anganwadi centres have been established at a cost of Rs 23.72 crore
Rs 141.25 crore has been spent to provide arsenic-free water.
Backward Classes and Adivasi Development
More than 3 lakh SC/ST/OBC certificates have been granted in the last four-and-a-half years.
Industry
35 clusters of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) have been established which has led to numerous employment opportunities.
2 industrial estates have been set up in Durgapur and Shaktigarh.
Labour
More than 22,000 people have been registered under West Bengal Transport Workers Social Security Scheme.
More than 9,000 people are receiving incentives under the Yuvashree Scheme.
In 2007-11, the State Government had a budget of Rs 160 crore for developments in the region, which went up to Rs 609 crore in 2011-15, after the creation of Paschimanchal Unnayan Affairs Department. This shows the commitment of the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress Government to West Bengal.