Mamata Banerjee

Congress not worried over a spat between Pranab and Mamata

Congress not worried over a spat between Pranab and MamataThe congress party does not appear to be worried over the differences that surfaced between the Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee at the meeting of cabinet ministers on Thursday.

Mr. Mukherjee is opposing a lenient or populist railway budget which does not include any fare increase by Ms. Banerjee. The differences surfaced when the cabinet was discussing subsidy regime for fertilizers.

White Paper? Get Cabinet nod first

Mamata-BanerjeeWhite papers brought out by ministries in future must be cleared by the cabinet before they can be tabled in Parliament, says a note from Cabinet Secretary K. M. Chandrasekhar to all ministries and departments.

The directive is a fallout of the White Paper released by the railway ministry on Dece-mber 18, which embarrassed the government, said sources close to the development.

The note, sent on January 28, says the step is “in keeping with the principle of collective responsibility of the council of ministers”.

Mamata lashes out at centre for Lalgarh operation

Kolkata, Jan 9 : Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Saturday lashed out at the union home ministry, saying it lacked seriousness in tackling the Maoist menace in West Bengal. She also accused the central government of giving "oxygen" to the state's ruling communists by deploying joint security forces in Lalgarh.

A day after the Maoists shot dead two Trinamool supporters in Muriboni village of West Midnapore district, Banerjee slammed the rebels giving them an "ultimatum" to "behave properly". She also called upon the masses in the three western districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia to stand up to the Left wing ultras.

Mamata lays foundation for Tapan Sinha Hospital

Mamata-Banerjee-Tapan-SinhaKolkata, Jan 8 : Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday laid the foundation here for a hospital named after late Bengali filmmaker Tapan Sinha. The hospital will provide free treatment to railway employees and have beds reserved for common people and Bengali film technicians.

Banerjee proposed that the Tapan Sinha Memorial Metro Hospital be set up in the public-private partnership model by forging tie-ups with the Vellore Christian Medical College and the AIIMS at New Delhi.

Mamata offers farmers railway jobs for lands taken

Mamata Banerjee Amta (West Bengal), Jan 4 : A member each of the families giving their lands or homesteads for railway projects would be given jobs in addition to compensation, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee said here Monday.

"If anybody gives his land or homestead for our projects, one member of the family will be given jobs in the railways. For this, we have amended the relevant land acquisition act a month back," Banerjee said after laying the foundation for the Howrah-Amta broadgauge line.

Banerjee said the railways will never take land forcibly from people for its projects. "This is not our policy."

Railways' mobile ticketing vans project from Jan 8

mamata-banerjeeKamarhati (West Bengal), Jan 2 : Indian Railways will Jan 8 launch a pilot project of selling tickets from mobile vans at Tollygunge in south Kolkata, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee said here Saturday.

Christened 'Mushkil Aasaan', the scheme proposed by Banerjee in her budget provides for positioning mobile ticketing vans near shopping malls and busy markets for the convenience of passengers wishing to undertake railway journeys.

Mamata lays foundation stone of Kolkata Metro extension

MAMATA-BANERJEEKamarhati (West Bengal), Jan 2 : Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday laid the foundation stone of a Rs. 600 crore Kolkata Metro railway extension project from Dum Dum to Dakshineswar in the northern fringes of the city.

Dakshineswar is known for the famous Kali temple where Ramakrishna Paramhansa was a priest.

"The project will be carried out in two phases. In the first phase, the work will be done between Dum Dum and Barahanagar. In the second phase, the line will be extended to Dakshineswar station," Banerjee said during the foundation-laying function at Kamarhati in North 24 Parganas.

Mamata warns Maoists not to target railways

Mamata BanerjeeKolkata, Dec 31 : Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee warned the Maoists not to target railways and at innocent passengers to pressurise the government to give in to their demands.

Speaking after flag off six new trains from the Howrah station here on Wednesday, Mamata Banerjee said: "I want to tell those who carry out subversive activities and play with the human lives that if you want to fight, fight politically, fight like a brave not a coward."

Delhi-Mumbai Yuva train to be flagged off Jan 12

Delhi-Mumbai Yuva train to be flagged off Jan 12Kolkata, Dec 30 : Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday flagged off half a dozen express trains scheduled to operate from major Kolkata stations to destinations like Amritsar, Bangalore and Delhi while announcing that the Delhi-Mumbai Yuva Train will be start its journey Jan 12.

Jan 12 is the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. The new trains include the Howrah-Delhi Yuva express, in which 60 percent of the seats will be reserved for people up to the age of 45 with tickets prices ranging from Rs. 299 for 1,000 km to Rs. 399 for 2,500 km.    

Stern action against employees delaying trains: Mamata

Mamata Banerjee Kolkata, Dec 30 : Alleging that some sections of railway employees were intentionally delaying passenger trains, Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday issued a stern warning saying she would never compromise with passenger amenities and security.

"A few railways employees, who are members of a union opposed to us, are deliberately delaying passenger trains. They are being naughty. I appeal to them not to do so," Banerjee said, while flagging off half a dozen trains from Howrah station, the gateway to the city.    

Banerjee hops into auto as Muharram procession stalls convoy

mamata-banerjeeKolkata, Dec 28 : Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee took an auto rickshaw ride to the airport here Monday after her vehicle got stranded in a Muharram procession.

Banerjee, on her way to catch a Delhi-bound flight, found her convoy stalled at the busy V. I. P road-Teghoria crossing close to the N. S. C. Bose International Airport.

As a big Muharram procession wound its way at the crossing, Banerjee got off her car, walked about two km with the procession and then hopped into an airport-bound auto rickshaw.

Bengal folk theatre has Mamata to thank!

Bengal folk theatre has Mamata to thank!Kolkata, Dec 27 - Apart from giving sleepless nights to West Bengal's ruling Left Front leaders, Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee can now also take credit for boosting jatra, the state's popular folk theatre that sometimes goes on through the night. Her slogan "Maa Mati Manush" (Mother, soil, people) has inspired many popular jatras in recent months.

Banerjee to flag off new trains from Kolkata Dec 30

Banerjee to flag off new trains from Kolkata Dec 30Dankuni (West Bengal), Dec 27 :Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee will flag off a bouquet of express trains from major Kolkata stations to Amritsar, Bangalore, Bikaner and Delhi Dec 30, an official said.

The new trains are the Howrah-Delhi Yuva express, the Howrah-Bangalore Duranto Express, the Sealdah-Amritsar Express and the Howrah-Bikaner express.

Sixty percent of the Yuva express seats will be reserved for people upto the age of 45 with the tickets ranging from Rs. 299 for 1,000 km to Rs. 399 for 2,500 km.

Banerjee kicks off two railway projects in West Bengal

mamatabanerjeeDankuni (West Bengal), Dec 26 : Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday laid the foundation stones of two factories for manufacturing electric and diesel engine components in this West Bengal town.

The factories will be set up near Dankuni railway station on about 70 acres, of which the electric engine component factory, supplying the Chittaranjan Locomotive Works in Burdwan, would require 40 acres.

The remaining 30 acres would be utilised for manufacturing components and sub-assembling locomotives for feeding the Diesel Locomotive Works at Varanasi.

Railway employees to get eco-friendly bulbs

Railway employees to get eco-friendly bulbsDankuni (West Bengal), Dec 26 :The railways have taken up a project to distribute eco-friendly compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) to its 650,000 employees to bring down carbon emissions, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee said here Saturday.

"The railways have taken up the an eco-friendly initiative by providing CFL lamps to 6.5 lakh employees that will help in reducing the greenhouse gases," Banerjee said while inaugurating the project.

Hike in Railway fares not a solution, says Mamata Banerjee

Hike in Railway fares not a solution, says Mamata BanerjeeNew Delhi, Dec 19 : Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee tabled a "White Paper" in Parliament on Friday, giving details of the financial position of the Railways which indicated the difference between the claim and the actual finances of the Railways during the term of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav as the Railway Minister of the country.

Banerjee ruled out fare hike, when she would present the Railway budget in February next year for the financial year starting April 2010.

Mamata Banerjee to disclose finances of the Indian Railways in Parliament

New Delhi, Dec 18 : Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee will present a document in Parliament on Friday, which will give details of the finances of the Indian Railways.

The vision document presented by her would sketch out short-term and the long term plans of the Railways that carries around 1.8 million passengers a day.

Earlier in June this year while presenting the Railway Budget, Mamata Banerjee had said the Railways required around Rs 1 lakh crore to clear all the imminent projects.

Banerjee, while asking for funds from the Central Government had said she was transparent and accountable when the CPI-M members had raised eyebrows at her.

Rail ministry paper questions turnaround story under Lalu Prasad

Rail ministry paper questions turnaround story under Lalu Prasad

New Delhi, Dec 18 : The actual position of the state of finances of the Indian Railways does not endorse the claims of turnaround during the five-year tenure of Lalu Prasad as minister, says an official report released Friday.
The white paper, tabled in parliament by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, says changes were made in the accounting procedures during her predecessor's tenure to show some questionable cash surpluses, which were also not stacked away but spent.

No unmanned railway crossings in five years: Mamata

No unmanned railway crossings in five years: MamataNew Delhi, Dec 17 : There will be no unmanned railway crossing in the country in five years, the Rajya Sabha was informed Thursday.

"There are 16,000 unmanned railway crossings in the country. It is our intention that all these are convered to manned crossings in five years. We will be converting 3,000 within this financial year itself," Railway Minister Mamta Banerjee said while replying to the debate on her ministry's supplementary grants for 2009-10.

Left Front seeks all-party meet on rail, road blockades

Mamata BanerjeeKolkata, Dec 16 : A day after Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee rapped the Left parties for blocking rail tracks frequently, West Bengal's ruling Left Front (LF) Wednesday called for an all-party meeting to evolve a consensus on stopping road and rail blockades.

"The railway minister should convene an all-party meeting and take a call on the issue. But it should not be restricted to railways' track blockade programmes only. The norms should be applicable to all parties for any road or railway blockade agitations," LF chairman Biman Bose told reporters here.

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