Mamata advocates creating more Bengal districts to accelerate development efforts

Mamata advocates creating more Bengal districts to accelerate development efforts

”Just like IAS officers, we have started two additional increments for WBCS officers. The special allowance for district magistrates, additional district magistrates and sub-divisional officer would be the same. We have also decided to grant allowances of Rs 10,000 per month when their salaries hit the upper band,” she said. Banerjee said the state plans to create 200 more posts for WBCS officers.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday that more districts are needed in the state to speed up development activities, but acknowledged that a shortage of labour and infrastructure have hampered the expansion effort. She told West Bengal Civil Service (WBCS) officers at a meeting at the refurbished Town Hall here that the existing 23 districts’ territory is enormous, and that there is a need to separate them and increase their number. “There are currently 23 districts, with the potential for 46 districts in the future. “Our neighbours have more districts,” she explained. Banerjee further stated that no distinction should be made between IAS and WBCS officers.

Lauding the service rendered by the WBCS officers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the chief minister said the state government has launched several policies for their career advancement. ”We are introducing a new policy to ensure that local youths get more opportunities (in civil services),” she said. The Trinamool Congress supremo also accused the Centre of not releasing funds to West Bengal.

”If the Centre doesn’t clear the dues, how would we carry out the development work? I came to know that the Centre has not released funds for the 100-day work scheme (MGNREGA) since December last year. The central government collects revenue from states and shares a small part of it,” Banerjee said.

Reacting to the chief minister’s allegations, senior BJP leader Rahul Sinha accused Banerjee of speaking ”half-truth”. ”The West Bengal government has a habit of not providing the expenditure details of the funds released by the Centre. Moreover, it also uses funds meant for specific schemes in projects of other categories,” he said.

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