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Mamata admits: State lagging in NREGS implementation

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday admitted that the state was lagging behind in implementing the rural employment gurantee scheme and quickly added that the performance has,however,improved in the last three months.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: May 8, 2012 4:40 am

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday admitted that the state was lagging behind in implementing the rural employment gurantee scheme and quickly added that the performance has,however,improved in the last three months.

Banerjee,who visited Nadia district and held a meeting with administrative officials to review the Centrally-sponsored and state funded welfare schemes,said: “Earlier,beneficiaries of the scheme used to get wages long after doing the job under MNREGS. But the present government,through discussion with banks,is giving wages to the beneficiaries on the day of work. As a result,the performance has improved in providing jobs under the scheme.”

Meanwhile,she announced setting up of two new municipalities – Tehatta and Haringhata- in Nadia and showered sops to the region. According to her,the government is planning to set up tourist hub to promote places like Nabadwip,Mayapur and Palasi. Also there is a plan to set up water bottling plant in the district.

The government wants to upgrade 48 primary and 40 secondary schools in Nadia. Two polytechnic colleges for women will also come up in the district.

Banerjee expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of the CPM controlled Nadia Jila Parishad but ruled out possibility of dissolving it before next panchayat poll. The CPM had dissolved many panchayats much before election but the present government will not do so,she said.

The chief minister has also expressed concern over the state of NH-4 in some places and said she has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue. She said the state’s performance in Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yogana was not up to the mark but hoped that it would be better in the coming months. Banerjee said her party has come to the power in the middle of the year and not too much time was available. Every body knows what the past government had done,she said,adding,the Block Development officers have been asked to monitor work under the scheme.

Accusing the Left Front of leaving a crippling economy and infrastructure,Banerjee asserted,“What they (LF government) could not do in 34 years,we will do in four years and that is my target.”

The chief minister assured that her government was working hard to create ten lakh jobs within five years. “In the last eight months the present government has already created 2.75 lakh jobs,” she claimed.

She also voiced her opposition to bandhs and blockades on railway tracks and roads.

“We have to ensure that nothing disrupts the progress of Bengal. In the name of road and train track blockades attempts are being made to disrupt development,” she said.

Banerjee said that a number of rail projects involving crores of rupees would come up in West Bengal in the coming years generating a huge employment.

Singhvi’s turn to
hit back,says Mitra
misinforming

New Delhi: The running battle between the Trinamool government in Bengal and the Congress over the issue of financial assistance to the state further escalated on Tuesday with the latter challenging state Finance Minister Amit Mitra to deny that an allocation of 7,800 crore was made. “Government of West Bengal and the Finance Minister are deliberately misinforming the people of the state. Allocation on one count alone is Rs 7800 crore. If he can deny that,I will challenge,” party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters.

Insisting that “this kind of misinformation should be desisted from as facts are sacred even if opinions vary”,Singhvi said the West Bengal PCC will be coming out with a detailed statement by tomorrow on the funds released to the state by the Centre.

Bengal debt burden can be more: Mamata

Krishnagar: The debt burden bequeathed by the erstwhile Left Front government in West Bengal could be more than Rs 2.3 lakh crore,Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday hinted. ‘’The debt of Rs 2.3 lakh crore is to our knowledge only,but the amount can be more,which we do not know,as many papers are missing,’’ Mamata said while launching some local trains here in Nadia district. Painting a grim picture of the state’s finances,she said the government was left with only six paise from every rupee it earns to fund development.

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