Kolkata: Hundreds of people lined up at government and municipal offices here and across West Bengal Tuesday to collect their birth certificates and necessary documents to be in readiness should NRC be implemented in the state despite assurances by the TMC government that it would not be allowed. The omission of a large number of Hindu Bengalis from the final NRC list in BJP-ruled Assam has apparently created panic among the people and has led to six deaths in the state so far. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Large queues wereseen outside Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) headquartersand other division offices in the city and BDO offices in other parts of Bengal as people waited for their turn to search for land and other necessary documents. “I have come to the KMC office to collect my birth certificate as I had lost it long back. I have heard that we need to have our birthcertificates to prove that we are citizens of this country in case NRC is implemented in Bengal,” said 75-year-old Ajit Ray, who was seen standing outsideKMC headquarters. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway 55-year-old Bimal Mondal was seen standing outside the land records department of KMC, in search of documents of land procurement in Kolkata by his parents five decades ago. In rural Bengal similar picture was witnessed outside various government and panchayat offices. “What will we do if we are declared foreigners though we were born and brought up in this country ? From where will I get documents of my father being born in this country?” 25-year-old Khalque Mollah of South 24 Parganas district said. According to government sources, six people have died so far in the districts. Two of them allegedly committed suicide after failing to procure old documents and four others died after falling ill while standing in queues with thousands of villagers at different government offices to get their documents. More than 19 lakh people in Assam have been excluded from the recently published final NRC on August 31, out of which around 12 lakh are Hindus. “We are requesting people not to panic at all. There will be no NRC in Bengal. The TMC government will never allow it. As long as TMC government is in power not a single person will be touched,” Kolkata Mayor and senior minister Firhad Hakim told reporters. West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Monday accused BJP of creating panic over NRC and had iterated she will not allow NRC exercise in the state. The BJP Bengal leadership has, however, blamed Banerjee and her party, the TMC for creating a panic over NRC in Bengal to instill fear among the Hindus. “Only TMC will be responsible for the deaths over NRC in the state. We have clearly said all the Hindus who have come from other countries will be given citizenship under Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) and then NRC will be implemented to weed out the infiltrators,” state BJP president Dilip Ghosh said.
Nature’s Basket, part of RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, opened its much awaited 4,000 sq ft store in the city of joy, the first Nature’s Basket store in Kolkata and the 36th store pan India.Shashwat Goenka, Sector Head – Retail and FMCG at RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, said, “With the addition of the new store at Park Street, Kolkata, Nature’s Basket is looking to extend its unique shopping experience to the heart of the city in Park Street. Nature’s Basket has a strong portfolio of private label brands which has a huge traction with consumers. We have plans to open 6-7 more stores in Kolkata” Also Read – The Puja carnivalThe offerings at the new Nature’s Basket store will include farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, preservative-free fish, meats and packaged foods, artisanal cheeses, homemade breads, options for gluten free customers, as well as everyday essentials. The good news for customers is that the store is a one stop destination for a family’s shopping needs. The new store will house Nature’s Basket’s own exclusive brands, such as Healthy Alternatives, L’Exclusif, and Nature’s. The new Nature’s Basket store beside Flury’s in Park Street will operate between 8 am to 10 pm on seven days. The store has more than 8000 quality products at an affordable price. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraProducts such as 25 varieties of chillies and tomatoes sourced from all over the world, exotic edible flowers and fruits and vegetables such as Buddha’s hand and kiwano will be brought in specifically for the launch. Nature’s Basket will offer a range of the finest quality of tea and coffee sourced from the best plantations from TGL Co and fresh juices from India’s first and largest cold-pressed juice brand, Raw Pressery, both available for the first time in Kolkata. For the first time in the country, customers can build their own chocolate bar with over 25 toppings and flavours, or choose from the artisanal range of chocolates. The Park Street store will also house a first of its kind café, The Good Food Café serving international dishes all cooked in olive oil. With the upcoming Pujas, customers can also avail of Nature’s Basket service of providing food-gifts and assembling expertly selected cheese or meat platter for special occasions. Nature’s Basket has few segments like, The Tea Room, The Snackery, Health and Wellness, The Chocolate Factory, Dairy and Cheese, Juices – Raw Pressery, Fruits and Vegetables, The Good Food Café, Patisserie by Franziska. Operating as a click and brick retailer, Nature’s Basket has an online shopping facility through their website, www.naturesbasket.co.in as well as through their mobile application. According to Goenka, Nature’s Basket has a strong ecommerce presence which fits well with the Omni channel strategy at Spencer’s. Started as a single store in 2005 in Mumbai, Nature’s Basket has expanded its footprint to 35 outlets in Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore with deliveries to all cities across India, including Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Surat and more. Spencer’s Retail acquired Nature’s Basket in July 2019.