Satkura: Senior Congress leader Pranab
Mukherjee on Thursday said the Centre has taken an initiative to
solve problems facing Indian enclaves on the Indo-Bangladesh
Mukherjee said residents of the enclaves of both the
countries had been complaining of lack of facilities for a
While India has about 92 Bangladesh enclaves in its
territory, 106 Indian enclaves are on Bangladeshi soil.
He said the Central Government has taken various
developmental measures to solve problems that the residents
face like lack of water, roads, electricity, schools,
medicines and also crime.
Attending an election meeting at Satkura on the
India-Bangladesh border in Jalpaiguri district, Mukherjee said
the number of unemployed in West Bengal had jumped four fold
since 1977 when the Left Front came to power.
"The number of the unemployed has jumped from 16 lakh in
1977 to 70 lakh now," the Union Finance Minister said accusing
the state government of failure to create job opportunities
resulting in migration of the youth to other states.
"The CPI-M was busy writing slogans on the walls demanding
jobs while failing to create facilities for employment," he
The state was now lagging behind many states in the
country in agriculture, education, health, transport and other
sectors which reflected the government`s poor performance, he