August 27, 2013
WB Chief Minister wants the work of Zilla Parishads to be a model of development
West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee on Monday met Trinamool Congress winners of Zilla Parishads in the recently held panchayat poll to explain the party`s policies on development and co-ordination with government agencies to fast-track implementation of various projects.
This was her first meeting with them since the party swept the West Bengal rural poll.
Panchayats were the bastion of Marxist power in Bengal since 1977 when the Left parties formed government, but in this year`s election they lost ground to the TMC which captured 13 of the 17 zilla parishad boards, won most gram panchayats and seized control of a majority of the 341 panchayat samitis.
At the meeting held at Town Hall, Ms Mamata Banerjee urged the newly elected members to work for transparent, corruption free Zilla Parishads.
She called upon them to forge close contact with the rural people and spend money properly on the development.
In an indication that she wanted to make the work of zilla parishads a model of devlopment, she warned the newly elected members of stern action in case of complaints of corruption, nepotism and infighting.
Her priorities are the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act scheme, works under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund, distribution of the Kisan credit cards and executing projects of the public health engineering department. The party has set up monitoring committees for each district to oversee the progress of development works.
Taking a cue from the review meeting she held with ministers and secretaries, the Chief Minister urged the elected representative to hurry up because the government work has suffered in the last three months when ministers were out in the campaign for the panchayat polls.
The CM is scheduled to start visiting the districts from September 10 to look at the progress of development works.