March 18, 2012
The 300-days Government does wonder, Center admits excellence
KOLKATA: The Maa, Mati, Manush government got an A-plus rating from the Planning Commission on Saturday over the progress of the projects under Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF).
"It is not only satisfactory, but superb," said Planning Commission Secretary after meeting Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee on Saturday. The Secretary said Bengal was doing better than many other states, such as Maharashtra and Jharkhand in this regard.
The 11 identified districts in Bengal are Bankura, Birbhum, Purulia, East and West Midnapore, South 24-Parganas, Murshidabad, Malda, North and South Dinajpur and Jalpaiguri.
The Centre had sanctioned Rs 8771 crore for Bengal of which the state has received Rs 2251 crore. The Centre had allotted Rs 707 crore for health, Rs 194.66 crore for education, Rs 837 crore for power, Rs 337 crore for water and sanitation, Rs 43.4 crore for irrigation, Rs 40 crore for rural housing and Rs 89.6 crore for small and micro industries. She praised the state officials for quick submission of utilization certificates.
The Secretary praised West Midnapore for utilizing 65% of the funds under Integrated Action Plan (IAP). It has completed 774 of the 1,272 schemes. The Centre provides fund directly to the DMs of Maoist dominated districts for development of infrastructure. Earlier in 2010, the allotment was Rs 25 crore that has been increased by another Rs 6 crore to Rs 35 crore for each DM.
Female education is the major thrust of the state government in these areas. The state government has planned to set up 80 girl's hostels in this zone under the BRGF. While in other parts of the state including Sunderbans there will be 25 more hostels, each with a capacity to accommodate 50 students. Even the state is going to set up 43 compact schools which will house students from class I to XII and will have residential facility. The schools will cost over Rs 10 crore each. In Jangalmahal there will be 23 such schools. Even in each of the 11 backward districts there will be one technical training institute (TTI) and it will cost Rs 5.6 crore for construction of each TTI.
Courtesy : The Times of India