WB: Cong slams bureaucratisation of Panchayati Raj



Kolkata: The Congress on Sunday criticised the West Bengal government for bureaucratisation of the panchayati raj system in the state and said it would mobilise people at the district and block level to protest against it.

"Panchayat administration should not be run by the bureaucrats in the state,'' WBPCC president Pradip Bhattacharya said and urged the government to allot more money to strengthen the system.

"We will also organise people at the district and block level against the bureaucratisation,'' Bhattacharya, whose party is a partner in the Mamata Banerjee-led government, said.

He reminded the government that the Panchayati Raj system was introduced to decentralise power and allow people to run their administration instead of concentrating power in the hands of bureaucrats.

Bhattacharya also said that the government should ensure minimum support price (MSP) for paddy and jute to protect farmers from misery and distress sale of their produce.

He said, "Paddy and jute farmers in the state are being deprived of the MSP announced by the Centre, leaving them with no alternative but to go in for distress sale of their produce."

He said the Congress would organise a mass-deputation at block level on December 9 and 10 demanding MSP in paddy and jute.

He also alleged that fertilisers were not being distributed properly among farmers in all places.

PTI