Buddhadeb rubbishes charge of government not functioning

Dismissing charges that his government was not functioning, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Thursday said the state had received Rs 6,000 crore as investment in the past one year.

Last Updated: Jul 22, 2010, 18:28 PM IST

Kolkata: Dismissing charges that his
government was not functioning, West Bengal Chief Minister
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Thursday said the state had received
Rs 6,000 crore as investment in the past one year.

The government was indeed functioning and nobody could
stop it from functioning, he said in an obvious reference to
Trinamool Congress` oft-repeated charge that the LF government
had ceased to be functional.
Replying to the discussion on budgetary grants for Home
(personnel) department in the Assembly, Bhattacharjee said the
state had received Rs 6,000 crore investment in the past one
year, produced 140 lakh tonnes of paddy, built new schools,
colleges, madrasas and universities.

"Did all this indicate that the government had become
non-functional?" the chief minister wondered.

Without naming Trinamool Congress, he said attempts were
being made to scare government officers, "but they (officers)
know us and they also know them (TC activists). The unruly
party was doing all this. It would not succeed," he said.

Quoting newspapers, CPI-M MLA Shrutinath Praharaj while
speaking earlier stated that the Trinamool chief Mamata
Banerjee during yesterday`s party rally had asked government
officers to be cautious in clearing files and said her party
would review everything (when it came to power).

Referring to Congress leader Manas Bhunia`s statement
that IAS officers were making a flight to Delhi anticipating
change, he said there was no truth behind the claim.
But if central ministers wanted them (IAS officers), the
state government could not say no. Some of them were going,
but again returning to the state, he said.

Bhattacharjee said there was a lack of interest among
students to opt for civil services and even though the state
government had tried to generate interest among students, it
could not succeed.

"The problem would continue if there was no change in the
mentality (of students), he stated.

The Chief Minister informed the House that to make the
state administration speedy, better and transparent, the
government had formed an administrative reforms committee in
2007.

The secretary`s committee which had gone through it had
submitted its report in February this year. Now the action
taken report was being prepared, after which it would go to
the Cabinet, he said and added there was no proposal to set up
new districts.

Turning to complaints made by the Vigilance Commission,
he mentioned that action was being taken in 101 cases and the
government was trying to appoint a Lokayukta.

PTI