Behrampore (WB): Apparently with an eye on
Muslim votes ahead of West Bengal Assembly elections, Chief
Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Sunday said the state
government had taken up special development projects for the
"Muslims in West Bengal are lagging much behind others.
They have to be brought at par with the majority sections in
respect of development. If we do not do it, the state in
general will remain underdeveloped," the chief minister told
a rally here in Murshidabad district.
He said the state government had taken up development
schemes worth Rs 500 crore to improve education, health and
drinking water supply to the people belonging to the minority
"We have taken up multi-sectoral development programmes
for Muslim-inhabited areas of the state. Besides, anganwadi
centres and health sub-centres would be built in these
areas," he said after launching the projects here.
Giving away scholarships to students of the minority
community, Bhattacharjee said an amount of Rs 9.4 crore had
been distributed as scholarships to more than 71,000 Muslim in
The state government had also distributed Rs 36 crore to
35,000 Self-Help Groups of the district, he said and stressed
on improving madrasa education.
"Madrasas should emphasise on modern education and the
students there should learn English so that they can take up
professional courses like management, engineering, medicine
and computer education," he said.