September 19, 2014
WB CM chairs an administrative review meeting
West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee reviewed the performance of various departments of the government and assessed funds released and capital expenditure incurred at a two-hour-long administrative meeting.
State Industries Minister Dr Amit Mitra briefing on the meeting said that during the first half of the current financial year (2014-15), the state government had released Rs 20,606.43 crore from the state plan outlay, representing a hike of 109 per cent over the corresponding period last year.
Dr Mitra said that the Chief Minister had advised her cabinet colleagues and departmental secretaries for further improvement in the performance during the next six months of the current financial year.
The Chief Minister appealed for better performance of departments like Fire Service, Food Processing, Agriculture Marketing, Law, North Bengal Development, Sports and Transport, and Self Help Group and praised the departments like Panchayat, Education, Higher Education, Women and Child Development, Municipal Affairs and Urban Development.
Going through a comparative study of the last two financial years, Dr Mitra said that in 2012-13 state government recorded a growth of 34.94 per cent in releasing funds from state plan outlay along with some central projects. However, growth in the capital expenditure incurred by the state government during 2012-13 was 63.55 per cent, he said.
Similarly, in 2013-14 state government recorded a growth of 38.65 per cent in releasing funds from state plan outlay along with some central projects. However, growth in the capital expenditure incurred by the state government during 2013-14 was 43.66 per cent, he observed.
The West Bengal Chief Minister began reviewing meetings, both at the state and grassroots levels, soon after her government came to power. She had already conducted 72 block-level review meetings covering all the districts in the state.