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Prime Minister names Kolkata Port Trust after Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee

Kolkota:12/1/20:Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the grand Sesquicentenary Celebrations of the Kolkata Port Trust today.

Prime Minister  unveiled a plaque at the site of original Port Jetties to commemorate 150 years of the Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT).

Shri Modi termed that it is a privilege to be a part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the KoPT a historic symbol of the country’s water power.

“This port has stood witness to many a historical moment in the country like India getting independence from foreign rule. From Satyagraha to Swachhagraha, this port has seen the country changing. This port has not only seen consignors, but also the carriers of knowledge who have left a mark on the country and the world. In a way, this port of Kolkata symbolizes India’s aspiration for industrial, spiritual and self-reliance”, the Prime Minister added.

The Prime Minister also launched the Port Anthem during the event.

PM stated that the long coast line of India from Gujarat’s Lothal Port to Kolkata Port was not only engaged in trade and business but also in spread of civilization and culture across the world.

“Our government believes that our coasts are gateways to development. This is the reason the government started Sagarmala project for modernizing infrastructure and improving connectivity of the Ports. Thirty six hundred projects worth more than Rs 6 lakh crore have been identified under this scheme. Out of these, more than 200 projects worth more than Rs 3 lakh crore are underway and about one hundred twenty five have been completed. Kolkata Port is connected to the industrial centers of eastern India due to the construction of river waterways. And trade has become easier with countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Myanmar”, PM added.

Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Port Trust

PM also announced Kolkata Port Trust to be named after Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. “Dr. Mukherjee, the son of Bengal, laid the foundation for industrialization in the country and has been very instrumental in the development of projects such as Chittaranjan Locomotive Factory, Hindustan Aircraft Factory, Sindri Fertilizer Factory and Damodar Valley Corporation.  I also remember Babasaheb Ambedkar. Dr. Mukherjee and Baba Saheb  gave a new vision to post-independence India”,  PM said.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi releasing the commemorative stamp marking celebrations of 150 years of Kolkata Port Trust, in Kolkata, West Bengal on January 12, 2020. The Governor of West Bengal, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar and the Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge) and Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya are also seen.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressing the gathering at the celebrations of 150 years of Kolkata Port Trust, in Kolkata, West Bengal on January 12, 2020.

Welfare of the Pensioners of KoPT

Shri Narendra Modi also handed over a Cheque of Rs 501 Crore towards final instalment to meet the deficit of pension fund of retired and existing employees of the Kolkata Port Trust.

Prime Minister also felicitated two oldest pensioners of the Kolkata Port Trust, Shri Nagina Bhagat and Shri Naresh Chandra Chakraborty (105 and 100 years respectively).

Prime Minister inaugurated Kaushal Vikas Kendra and Pritilata Chhatra Avas for 200 Tribal girl students of Sunderbans.

PM said that every effort is being made by the Central Government for the development of West Bengal, particularly for the  development of the poor, underprivileged and  the exploited. He said that as soon as the West Bengal state government approves of the Ayushman Bharat Yojana and PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, people of West Bengal will also start getting benefits from these schemes.

The Prime Minister also inaugurated the upgraded Ship Repair Faciility of Cochin Kolkata Ship Repair Unit at Netaji Subhas Dry Dock.

PM  inaugurated the Full Rake Handling Facility and dedicated the upgraded Railway Infrastructure of Kolkata Dock System of KoPT for smooth cargo movement and improving turnaround time.

PM also launched the Mechanisation of Berth No.3 at Haldia Dock Complex of KoPT and a proposed riverfront development scheme.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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