Govt probe into fund allocation for N Bengal

The West Bengal government on Monday ordered an inquiry and special audit into the allocation of funds for development of North Bengal by the previous Left Front regime.

Last Updated: Sep 12, 2011, 18:09 PM IST

Kolkata: The West Bengal government
on Monday ordered an inquiry and special audit into the allocation
of funds for development of North Bengal by the previous Left
Front regime.

"We have found that the North Bengal Development
Council under the previous Front government met only 14 times
in the last 11 years but it could not give utilisation
certificate for Rs 48 crore out of the total Rs 370 crore
allocated to it, its vice-chairman Gautam Deb said.

Deb, the North Bengal Development minister, said the
Left Front government failed to release Rs 11 crore of the
total Rs 60 crore in 2010-11 allocated for the council, with
the present government releasing the deficit.

"Special audit will also be made into the funds spent
on different sectors and responsibility will be fixed on
persons responsible for not utilising funds," Deb told
reporters after
a meeting of the council chaired by Chief Minister Mamata
Banerjee, who is also the council`s chairperson.

The minister said policy decisions for development of
the region involving Rs 500 crore, with particular emphasis on
health, communication, education, infrastructure, floods and
erosion control, tourism, socio-economic development and
self-employment programmes had been taken.

PTI