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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Goutam Deb Directs to Overcome Backlogs in NBDC Meeting

MALDA, 13 MAY: North Bengal development minister Goutam Deb held a meeting of North Bengal Development Council (NBDC) here today. The meeting was attended by ministers from Malda and both Dinajpurs, MLAs, Zilla Parishad representatives, the divisional commissioner, the district, sub divisional and block administrations of three districts. Later, Mr Deb told the reporters that 136 projects worth Rs 600 crore are going on in six districts of North Bengal.

“Malda and Jalpaiguri have considerable backlogs in completing the some projects and they have been asked to take initiatives in this regard,” Mr Deb said. He added, “Unutilized fund had to be returned forthwith as further projects won’t be sanctioned if the utilization certificates are not furnished in due time.” The district magistrates were asked to design scheme banks for further development in today’s meeting. He also said that one hospital in each district would be upgraded and tribal dominated blocks would be given special attention for development.

The minister informed that the state government has taken up satisfactory programmes for the development of North Bengal in within one year of its term. “The next meeting would be held in Cooch Behar. We would take up two districts for the next North Bengal festival,” he said. “

When asked about the recent allegations against the district magistrate of Malda, Mr Deb said: “I wouldn’t comment in this regard. It’s entirely an administrative issue and I don’t want to influence the administrative proceedings in this regard.”

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