New Delhi: Trinamool Congress on Sunday charged
Left-ruled governments of West Bengal and Kerala with failing
to implement crucial Central government programmes for the
development of minorities.
Following the recommendations of Sachar Committee that
went into socio-economic status of minorities, the Centre had
set up a multi-sectoral development fund for infrastructure
development in 81 minority-concentrated districts (MCDs) of
India with a project cost of 2404 crore, TC Chief Whip Sudip
He said the Centre has noted that because of the
"unenthusiastic stance" by various state governments, the
project, which is aimed at benefiting all sections of people
including minorities, is going on at a snail`s pace.
"It is indeed astonishing that West Bengal and Kerala are
among the worst performers in this regard," Bandopadhyay,
whose party is in opposition in West Bengal where assembly
polls will be held next year, said.
He said 12 MCDs were identified in West Bengal with a
total project cost of Rs 534.61 crore, of which Rs 278.66
crore has been released by the Minority Affairs Ministry.
"But the total expenditure was Rs 38.27 crore only...
only 13.72 per cent, the lowest in India," Bandopadhyay
In Kerala, the state government "miserably failed" to
prepare a statewide plan, he said adding, only one district
-- Wayanad -- approached the Centre seeking Rs 3.8 crore out
of the fund. "Rs 75 lakh was released as the first installment
but not a single rupee has been spent so far," he claimed.
"This is a sad picture of West Bengal in spite of it being
the state with the third largest Muslim population in the
country after Jammu and Kashmir and Assam. Minorities are
being totally neglected," he said.
"The Centre should ask for clarification from the state
and take serious note of the fact that the minorities` right
to progress is being denied. Minorities are being deprived of
their legitimate rights," he said.