Mamta Banerjee's first Covid outbreak,resumes district administrative meetings

  • | Wednesday | 16th September, 2020

 Chief minister Mamata Banerjee is headed to North Bengal next week to resume her district administrative meetings, her first such visit since the Covid-19 outbreak in March. This is the first time since March this year that she will be visiting the districts for administrative meetings.

The visits were kept on hold due to the outbreak of COVID-19. All the meetings she had been holding so far, have been through videoconferencing. She is likely to reach Siliguri on September 21 and spend the night there. Next morning, she is to hold a meeting at Uttarkanya, the state government secretariat of north Bengal. That day, the administrative meeting will be with officials of Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri districts. Next day, another meeting will be held with officials of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Cooch Behar districts.

State government officials claim the purpose of the meeting is to assess the developmental projects after Covid and Amphan. Amidst fund crunch the state aims to revive all schemes to push rural economy

The purpose of the meetings is to give a fresh push to developmental projects. The government doesn`t have funds but the work which has started will have to be completed. Thus these meetings will help us assess the situation and take some decision. The state has been spending a lot after Covid crisis and the finance department has put a freeze on all expenses apart from what is needed to fight the pandemic" said a government official who will be part of the meeting on both the days.

The state government officials claim that the rural economy will need a fresh push beyond NREGA for employment generation as Covid and Amphan have both impacted the lives of millions across Bengal. All district magistrates, SDPO, SDO, BDO, SP and other senior Police personnel from districts have been asked to be present in the meeting along with Panchayat leaders. Issues of misappropriation of relief, corruption and police action to contain political violence that has often ensued after Amphan are likely to come up in Monday`s meeting.

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