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KOLKATA Digha Tourism: After lambasting the demonetisation move for over a month, chief minister Mamata Banerjee – who had earlier said that the state exchequer had already lost Rs 5,260 crore – will get first-hand knowledge of the impact on two key sectors -tourism and agriculture -when she visits East Midnapore and Bankura next week.

Even on Tuesday, Banerjee highlighted the plight of workers in her outburst against the Centre. “Crores of people have become victims of a visionless policy. It’s a catastrophe. The draconian demonetisation decision has drastically affected about 5 crore workers in the country. It is indeed a major setback for the employees since Independence,” she said in a statement.

She elaborated, ” According to reports, around 1.25 crore workers in the country in the unorganized sector, e-commerce, leather, jute, textiles, glass, beedi, gems and jewellery sectors and daily wage earners under government schemes like MNREGA have either lost jobs or have been seriously affected due to cash crunch. In big industries, the retrenchment process is going on which has made or will make a huge number of workers jobless.”

According to sources, the chief minister’s visit to East Midnapore will coincide with the Digha Tourism Festival -now an annual fixture on the tourism calendar to lure more tourists. In Bankura, she is expected to hold an administrative meeting in Mukutmonipur. According to sources, in the past month alone, Bengal’s tourism has suffered losses worth Rs 1,000 crore.

State tourism minister Goutam Deb, however, wasn’t willing to cite a figure. “The tourism sector has been badly hit. Prior to November 8, whatever advance bookings we had we are seeing only those people tickling in. Fresh bookings have fallen drastically. Tourists are feeling the cash pinch.” State transport minister Suvendu Adhikari, the ex-Tamluk MP, added: “In Digha and Mandarmani, most hotels went empty the past month. It is only now that some people have started coming. This is peak season time otherwise. Anytime this month, all hotels would have been booked much in advance.”

If tourism has taken a beating, so has agriculture. Trinamool MLA and Bankura district president Arup Khan said, “Labourers can’t be paid. Farmers are not getting any fresh loans. The crisis is acute.” In East Midnapore, too, cultivation of betel leaf and cashew -two primary produce here -has taken a body blow. “The cash crunch is severe. Lending by the district cooperative banks (to cultivators) has fallen by 25%,” Adhikari, who also heads two district cooperative banks, claimed.

The CM, earlier on December 5, had told the state assembly that the state economy has already contracted by 25%. While she had mentioned several key industrial sectors, she didn’t provide any preliminary estimates for tourism and agriculture, which is feeling the maximum pinch. Her December 19-23 district tour, however, will give her some key inputs on them, feel sources.

Body blow to tea, jute industries Kolkata: Labour minister Moloy Ghatak on Tuesday claimed that tea and jute industries are finding it difficult to continue with operations, including payments to workers, due to demonetisation. Though no factories have been closed down, salaries in 28-odd tea gardens in Bengal have been delayed while the fate of jute mill workers was also the same, he added. BJP president apologises to CM Kolkata: State BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Tuesday apologised to Mamata Banerjee for his remarks that they could have “dragged her by her hair”.”I never tried to hurt feelings of any person or intended to make any personal attack against anyone. Whatever I said was out of emotion.If our CM feels insulted, I am extremely sorry,” Ghosh said in the Assembly. Ghosh apologised in the House soon after govt deputy chief whip Tapas Roy strongly raised his voice against him.

A pleasant surprise – Hotel New One N Only

The location of the hotel is around 2 to 3 min of walking distance from New Digha Beach.

The hotel itself has a restaurant but you also do have an option of many restaurants around the hotel and the beaches.

There are many souvenir shops around the hotel and the beach near to the hotel side.

The Hotel staff were supportive to some extend but not enthusiastic enough to help.

The Rooms were just OK OK .. but the bathroom was pathetic, it was not clean.

I had booked an AC Standard room but it had windows which open within the premises of the hotel, so the passerby can easily check inside our room. When I ask to change the room, then came to know that all the AC Standard rooms have window which opens within the hotel and hence any passer-by from the lawn or stairs can see things inside the room. It was indeed a great turn off.

In every hotel, every day in the morning, cleaning staff comes and clean the room and change the bedsheets and towels but here in this case there was no cleaning done although we stayed for 2 days from 24th Oct 2014 till 26th Oct 2014.

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