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CM promises second campus of Taki college

Mamata Banerjee also reminded school children that they will get free cycle and a smartphone once they reach Class IX and XII respectively.

Statesman News Service | Kolkata |

During her visit to south Bengal, chief minister Mamata Banerjee visited Taki of Hasnabad in North 24-Parganas district.

One of her stops was at Taki Government College apart from interacting with primary students at a school in the area. Mamata is on a three-day tour of the district.

The chief minister at the college said, “My gratitude to the students, teachers and the principal of Taki Government College for inviting me here. I vividly remember visiting Taki Govt College back in my Chhatra Parishad days. We came here and had ‘chena mishti’.”

She also promised that the second campus of the government college is going to come up soon.

“I agree that the students of the college require a new campus. The state government will look into it, and we will be giving Rs 1 crore from the Rajya Sabha MPLAD fund for the purpose of the new campus,” said the CM.

She also added, “We should always remember that the acting principal is the principal of the college, she has the same rank, and same authority. While doing student politics, we might have disagreements with the views of others, but respecting the elders is very important.”

Her statements came after some student teacher clashes in other parts of the state.

While interacting with school kids, Mamata said, “I believe all students are availing of government scholarships. Once you get to Class IX, every student gets a cycle from the state administration and once you reach Class XII, everyone gets a smartphone. We also have a host of other scholarships on offer, from Shikhashree to Kanyashree to Aikyashree to the Swami Vivekananda Scholarship. In fact, the cut-off percentage to get Swami Vivekananda scholarship earlier was 75 per cent, which I have reduced to 60 per cent now. On the visit the TMC tweeted: “Hon’ble CM @MamataOfficial personally distributed new clothes to children as she visited them in schools. There is no greater joy than seeing a smile on the faces of the young ones. She has worked tirelessly to ensure that these smiles remain intact & their futures’ secured.”