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Congress, Trinamool condemned for not utilising civic funds


Municipal Affairs Minister accuses Opposition of under utilising money

“Poor have been deprived of getting benefits”


Kolkata: Unhappy with the progress of various development programmes under different civic bodies in West Bengal, State Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Minister Asok Bhattacharya on Tuesday claimed that allocated funds of at least Rs.400 crore would remain unutilised.

“Unhappy ”

“I am unhappy with the progress of various development projects undertaken by different civic bodies in the State. In many projects, hardly any work gets done. Officials of the civic bodies also fail to attend important meetings despite requests,” Mr. Bhattacharya regretted while talking to media persons.

Giving an example, the Minister said that against an allocation of Rs.250 crore under the State Project for ‘Housing for Urban Poor', Rs.75 crore was released. But the civic bodies used only Rs.3.52 crore, he said.

Similarly, under the West Bengal Urban Employment Scheme, Rs.125 crore was released by the State Government against an allocation of Rs.250 crore. But the civic bodies have been able to spend only Rs.19.83 crore, Mr. Bhattacharya said.

Saying that 80 per cent of the civic bodies were run by the Opposition Trinamool Congress and the Congress, the Minister said that “the Opposition parties have to be responsible for this failure for which the poor have been deprived of getting benefits.”

The Minister held a video conference with the chairmen of different municipalities in the State to take stock of the progress of various ongoing projects. - PTI

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