(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
August 02, 200
IN less than one year, the
Pradesh Congress-run Zilla
Parishad board of
The very first step that the new
board initiated was
to garage the vehicles of the ZP, which were in good running condition,
�scrap.� Then, they proceeded to buy
luxury sedans and SUVs, complete with every kind of comfort. No accounting goes for the fuel bills that
have soared out of sight. Sources tell
us that each car runs up fuel bills of half-a-lakh of rupees or more
month! All the spanking new vehicles in
which the worthies of the ZP travel are fitted with revolving red
motor vehicles and transport department�s restrictions.
Since the district is
predominantly rural, we shall
dwell here on the rural development aspect, in putting the present ZP
dock. Bengal Left Front government has
an ongoing plan called rural health development scheme.
Every regulation, including government orders
(GOs) of this scheme, has been ignored by the present r�gime and the
The state government had
sanctioned Rs 2.48 crore for
setting up of subsidiary health centres in the remote rural corners of
district at Daspara, Maharajapara, Surun, and Bangalbari. The funds lie
unutilised as the rural folks suffer for lack of health care.
The state government had also
sanctioned � for the
nine blocks that make up the district � Rs 1.50 crore in the current
year (FY) for upkeep and maintenance of the existing health
infrastructure. The funds have met with
a similar fate. Indeed, we are informed
that the amount of money left unused from the previous FY in the same
however small, too, has not been utilised in any way.
The ZP has also failed miserably
in utilising the
large quantum of �own funds� that are made available to the three-tier
Panchayat system under the Left Front governance. Non-productive,
anti-poor drives abound and
the ZP office crawls with staggeringly dishonest people.
The district is also affected by
refugee problems for
a long time now. The state Left Front
government has sanctioned Rs 1.30 crore for development of the
facilities of the refugee colonies in the current FY.
The amounts lie unused, as the refugees and
their families suffer.
A similar lack of pro-people
initiative is in fact
observed in every department of the ZP.
Then again, can one expect better when the board members hail
lair of the long-standing anti-people outfit called the Pradesh