West Bengal Current Affairs - 2019
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West Bengal government has launched the Utkarsh Bangla Scheme with an aim of providing vocational training to school dropouts.
The scheme was launched by the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata. On this occasion, she also released a book on Utkarsh Bangla.
Key features of scheme
- Objective of the scheme is to give vocational training to school dropouts by providing training ranging from 400 to 1200 hours free of charge.
- Under this scheme, beneficiaries will be trained in driving, tailoring, repairing television and other electronic equipment’s, beautician courses etc.
- On completion the courses beneficiaries will be given Certificates would be given to those
- The state Vocational Education Department will nodal agency in charge of implementing the scheme.
- The syllabus for courses under this scheme has been made in line with the National Vocational Education Qualification Framework.
Union Government has sanctioned about 580 crore rupees for Agartala-Akhaura railway link Project to connect Kolkata (West Bengal) with Tripura via Bangladesh.
The sanctioned fund will be used for the laying of the five km railway track up to Bangladesh border from Agartala. It is
Agartala-Akhaura Railway Link Project
- It is 15 km long strategic railway route that would connect the Indian Railways with the Bangladesh Railways. The work on this project is expected to complete by 2017.
- Of the 15 km strategic railway track, 10 km falls in the Bangladesh side and the rest 5 km falls in India.
- It was initiated after Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India in January 2010 when both countries had agreed to lay the railway track.
This project will play important role in India’s ‘Act East’ Policy and is expected to improve connectivity and boost trade between the two countries. It will also reduce the current 1700 km road distance between Kolkata to Agartala via narrow Chicken Neck Siliguri corridor to just 350 km by railway.