Monday, 23 May 2011


Hiten Barman to take initiative for new university

Defeating a CPI-M candidate Mr Biswanath Pramanik at Sitalkuchi in Mathabhanga sub-division, a Trinamul Congress candidate Mr Hiten Barman has been elected and became the new forest minister. The earlier forest minister Mr Ananta Ray (CPI-M) was also won from Mathabhanga but he was not a resident of Mathabhanga. Before Mr Ray, a local resident Mr Dinesh Dakua (CPI-M) was also elected from Mathabhanga and during his two-time tenure he was the minister of backward classes welfare and then of tourism. After Mr Ray, once again Mathabhanga got another local minister.

Mr Barman is among the proponents who are eager to establish a university named after the legendary social reformer of this region, Thakur Panchanan Barma at Khalisamari. Khalisamari is the birthplace of Panchanan Barma. A popular movement is going on for the past years to set up a university at Khalisamari in the name of Panchanan Barma. Mr Barman said he would talk with the higher education minister Mr Bratya Basu over the matter. A confident Mr Barman hopes primary work for setting up of the proposed university would start soon.

Mr Barman was the Cooch Behar MP (Lok Sabha) from 2004 to 2009. He was elected as a Forward Bloc candidate. He had to leave that party following disputes over his candidature in 2009. As the FB leadership had denied to nominate him for the second time as a candidate in the Lok Sabha election he left that party and later joined the Trinamul Congress.

On his first day as the forest minister he met senior officials and took decision to handover land-deeds to the residents of hilly areas and forest-villages. He will also work jointly with the ministers of other departments to translate the Trinamul supremo's plan to make North Bengal a Switzerland.

As he did as an MP Mr Barman will take fresh initiatives to revive the abandoned air service between Cooch Behar and Kolkata through Cooch Behar Airport in the interest of developing the tourism and industry sectors.

Mr Barman is the sole minister from Cooch Behar district. He knows that one of the major problems of Cooch Behar district is river erosion. Problems related to lack of adequate irrigation facility and bordering areas are also there. He made it known to the reporters that he will do the needful. He also wants to improve the tourism facilities in the district by adding a few eco-tourism centres. 


Manash said...

dire need is a medical college hospital for the sake of people of Coochbehar,Alpurduar and eastern Assam at Coochbehar instead of an University at the age of globalisation when distance education is available at home. If it is no patient would go to Kolkata,Velor CMC or Appolo TN for better treatment.

Gaurav Pareek said...

a much welcomed argument from Mr. Hiten Barman....always welcomed

Anurag Joshi said...

Coochbehar in dare need of educational uplift .New med. colleges, engineering colleges and a full fledge university were due in the last 34 years.

bani bhattacharyya said...

thanks alot mr. barman ,you have configured peoples' sentiment well. keep doing well, think well,we'll endow you with another five years .

jyotirmoy singha said...

what a fine news! a full fledge university at coochbehar,but the place khalisamari is too backward for hosting university. instead , somewhere around in coochbehar would be better but it should be dedicated to Panchanan Barma.

shirs.pp said...

thats fine

Swapan Ray said...

The demand for a university at Cooch Behar was long outstanding. Since last few years movement for a university at Khalisamari was on. When name of the university has been accepted by everybody at Cooch Behar. why that cannot be set up at Khalisamari? The most valuable componemt the land will be freely available.By setting up of University there the area will be uplifted economically and a centre for development will come up which is very essential for West Bengal. Development around Urban Semiurban creating economic disparity which is not prudent decision.

Swapan Kumar Ray