Mr. Arup Biswas, Minister for Housing and Youth Affairs, inaugurated a working women hostel at Durgapur on Tuesday (February 12). The hostel will definitely help working women coming from outside Durgapur, who has to live here because of their job.
At the inauguration ceremony of the working women hostel Mr. Biswas was accompanied by State Agriculture minister Mr. Moloy Ghatak, minister of state for micro and small scale enterprises (MSME) and textiles Mr. Swapan Debnath and Asansol Durgapur Development Authority (ADDA) chairman Nikhil Bandopadhyay.
However the absence of Durgapur Mayor and Durgapur MLA Mr. Apurba Mukherjee raises many eyebrows.
At the inauguration ceremony minister Mr. Biswas claimed that the work for the working women hostel at Durgapur was started and completed during the present government’s rule. He also claimed that the former Left Front government during its tenure of 34 years had constructed only 2 hostel for working women, but the Trinamool government in just 2 years has built 2 such hostels, one in Salt Lake Kolkata and one in Durgapur.
Such a claim surprised many as the foundation stone of the hostel was laid in 2008 by Rekha Goswami, the self-employment minister of the former Left Front government.
Former Durgapur MLA and local CPM leader Biprendu Kumar Chakraborty claimed that work of the Durgapur hostel for working women was almost complete before the Trinamool government assumed power in Bengal. The roof of the second floor was complete during the former government’s time, claimed Mr. Chakraborty.
The two storied working women hostel constructed at an expense of 1.5 crores has a present capacity to accommodate 40 women. In his speech minister Arup Biswas said that two more floor may be added in future to provide accommodations to more working women.
Other speakers tried to emphasize upon the fact that the state government has initiated several welfare measures for women’s empowerment. Setting up of such hostels is a part of the initiative which will help working women having a safe and secure atmosphere to live, away from their home.