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