WB Govt rejects proposal for division of districts
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 03, 2009, 23:42
Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Tuesday rejected a proposal for division of districts by the Administrative Reforms Committee.

The committee headed by then chief secretary Amit Kiran Deb, comprising representatives from IITs, IIMs and ISI gave 69 proposals, had suggested the division.

This was, however, rejected by the present committee headed by current Chief Secretary Ashok Mohan Chakraborty, it member secretary said.

According to the proposal of the Deb committee a district should comprise of four sub-divisions and each sub-division should have four blocks.

The present committee, rejecting it, said districts could not be divided on the basis of mathematics, as there were other important factors like population and topography.

The proposal to merge the Civil Defence and Disaster Management were accepted, but the one to bring Fire Services under the umbrella of PWD and Disaster Management was rejected, the secretary said.

The proposal to bring mass education under the social welfare sector was also rejected. Instead it was suggested that the mass education system would be accelerated through NGOs and special schools, the secretary said.

The proposal to accelerate government work and avoid red tapism through e-governance was accepted by the present committee.

The proposals would be sent to Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee for final approval.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, November 03, 2009, 23:42

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