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Govt spending money on frivolous items: Buddha

Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Wednesday accused the Mamata Banerjee government for spending money on festivals,and not paying government employees citing lack of funds.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: February 2, 2012 4:26:55 am

Former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Wednesday accused the Mamata Banerjee government for spending money on festivals,and not paying government employees citing lack of funds. Bhattacharjee was speaking in a public meeting of CPM in West Midnapore district.

“In the last eight months,we have seen instances of government employees not being paid their salaries,and the farmers not being able to sell their paddy and committing suicide. In every case,the state government is citing funds crunch and claiming the Left Front has pushed the state into debts. But we want to know from where the government is getting money to splurge on festivals so frequently?,” he asked.

“Moreover,the government is giving money to clubs which is a huge amount. The government is also increasing the salaries of ministers to Rs 27,000. But at the same time,the government is not being able to pay salaries to the transport department and other employees. We want to know who are doling out money so lavishly,” he said,and added,“The state government is claiming that they have brought investment and industries to the state. However,they are naming those industries such as Jhindal In West Midnapore,which was brought to this state by us. I do not see any industry growing in the state after the new government came in. How it is possible to invest in the state for the industries when the state government has such a land policy for which the industries will not get land. The NTPC has been facing issues as far as acquiring land for the power plant in Katwa is concerned.”

Submit report,get salaries: Mitra to PSUs

State Transport Minister Madan Mitra on Wednesday said that two month’s salaries of employees of all transport corporations would be cleared after these PSUs submit requisition and furnish their employees details. South Bengal State Transport Corporation has already submitted its report based on which the state government has sanctioned Rs 5,25,63,620 to pay salaries to its employees for the months of December and January. “I would hold meetings with managing directors and chairmen of the PSUs on Thursday to discuss issues related to salaries and pension of the employees,” Mitra said. He added: “Casual workers of the transport corporations are being provoked by some people so that they could mount pressure on the government. The ultimate goal is to destabilize the government,” Mitra said.

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