The Mamata Banerjee government has brought out a 10-year roadmap for Bengal along with a 20-year vision document on the state’s plan for infrastructure and the social sector.
The book showcases how the state has made strides in regard to economic parameters such as growth in capital expenditure, revenues, GSDP and also in the State Plan over the last eight years since Banerjee took office in 2011.
“Some of the state’s own schemes such as Kanyashree, Utkarsha Bangla, Sabuj Sathi have earned acclaim within the country and abroad. Some of the 10 wards in Kolkata have been judged among the best towns in the world. Bobby (state urban development minister Firhad Hakim) has gone to Denmark to receive awards,” the chief minister said.
The book categorises performance under two sections — pre-2011 since Independence and post-2011. The CM claimed that income and expenditure in the post-2011 period had increased many times.
The book may provide talking points to Trinamool representatives when they visit 2,000-odd villages as part of a public outreach programme to showcase state schemes when BJP will be highlighting central government schemes during its Gandhi Sankalp Yatra this week..
A cursory glance at the handbook shows revenues have increased from Rs 21,000 crore in 2010-11 to Rs 65,341 crore in 2018-19. So has the State Plan and allocations under the Capital Expenditure account. “The State Plan has shown a six-fold increase from Rs 11,837 crore in 2010-11 to Rs 71,113 crore in 2018-19 and Capital Expenditure has increased 11 times from Rs 2,225 crore to Rs 23,787 crore during the corresponding period despite the huge debt liability,” the CM said.
Banerjee pointed out that she had published a similar Vision 2020 document during her stint in the railway ministry. “Amit Mitra had then helped me in preparing the document. We need the roadmap to improve our infrastructure. For instance, I need to plan how many schools and colleges the government needs to build in the coming 10 years,” the CM said.
Source: Times of India