Former Speaker of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly and five-time MLA Keshari Nath Tripathi was sworn-in as the Governor of West Bengal. Tripathi, was administered the oath of office by the acting Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court Asim Kumar Banerjee in the presence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Tripathi superseded M K Narayanan who resigned after being pushed to do so by the NDA government at the Centre.
Given below is the list of Governors and their respective state of appointment:
- Keshari Nath Tripathi: Governor of West Bengal
- Balramji Dass Tandon: Governor of Chhattisgarh
- Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya: Governor of both Nagaland and Tripura
- Ram Naik: Governor of Uttar Pradesh
- Om Prakash Kohli: Governor of Gujarat
Adhering to its earlier decision of a 3-month extension to States and Union Territories to implement the National Food Security Act, the Union government’s Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution is firm that the deadline for implementing the scheme is July 4, 2014. So far only 11 States have implemented the Act. 20 States and 5 Union Territories are yet to implement it.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) government in West Bengal has urged the Centre to extend the July 4 deadline.
As per law the National Food Security Act has to be implemented within a year of its coming into force. West Bengal subsidized food grains were distributed among beneficiaries under several categories. But after the National Food Security Act is implemented in a State no such categories would exist.
The Ministry has clarified that if West Bengal does not implement the Act by the deadline, the several schemes in West Bengal under which food grains are distributed at a subsidized rate will not be stopped.
A new district is being carved out by bifurcating Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal with a view to expedite government services. The new district will be Alipurduar. This will be state’s 20th district and will get status of district on June 25, 2014.
People were facing delays in delivery of government services for being far from the district headquarters. It took a lot of time to reach district headquarters. The creation of new district through bifurcation will help the people in availing government services.