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“Panchayats run by Trinamool lag in rural schemes”

Special Correspondent

KOLKATA: West Bengal Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, Anisur Rahman has said that panchayats run by the Trinamool Congress were lagging behind in implementation of rural development schemes.

Protesting a recent comment by the Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee that zilla parishads being run by her party men were performing better than others, he said that these comments were totally “baseless.”

He said that in respect of the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGREGS), South 24 Paraganas was actually in the 17 {+t} {+h} position.

“While Rs. 41.61 crore was given to them for rural development projects under MGREGS, the panchayat could spend only Rs. 27.17 crores so far, providing 18 days of employment per family while creating total mandays of 16 lakhs.

As against this, the neighbouring North 24 Parganas where the Left is running the local government, Rs. 93 crores has been spent out of a provision of Rs. 178 crores with a creation of 50 lakh mandays and 22 days of work per family.”

Citing statistics, he said the panchayat in Bardhaman stood first in rural development implementation and the others too were doing very well.

“Even in respect of other schemes like Indira Gandhi Awas Yojana and disbursement of social security payments like widow pension, the two districts of South 24 parganas and Purba Medinipur where Trinamol was in charge, were laggards,” he said.

He further stated that implementation depends on “political will” which was absent in panchayats run by the Trinamool Congress.

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