‘State Government is continuously signing appointment letters'

The Trinamool Congress leadership alleged here on Wednesday that the financial situation of the West Bengal Government has worsened to the extent that both government employees and pensioners have started fearing non-payment of salaries and pension in the coming month.

Senior party leader and Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly, Partha Chatterjee, said at a press conference: “The alternative economy adopted by the government has led the bankrupt situation to such an extent that teachers, doctors, police personnel and even people in the administration are worried about the possibility of non-payment of salaries in the coming month.”

Accusing the State Government of “destroying the financial foundation” of the State in a planned manner, Mr. Chatterjee also charged the government of “repeatedly laying hands before the Centre for funds in a bid to save its face”.

The party's vice-president Subrata Mukherjee alleged that the State Government is channelling funds allotted to different departments for paying the salaries of government employees.

“On top of this financial crisis, the State Government is continuously signing files and sending across appointment letters even after the Election Commission's model code of conduct has come into effect since March 1,” Mr. Chatterjee said.

He claimed to have concrete proof of the State's Mass Education Extension and Library Services Department issuing several appointment letters on March 7 in a direct violation of the code of conduct.

“We have copies of the appointment letters issued and we will lodge a complaint with the Election Commission and also inform the Governor about it,” Mr. Chatterjee added.

Asked whether the Trinamool Congress MLAs will boycott the Assembly sessions scheduled to start on Thursday in protest against the State Government's decision to introduce four new Bills, he said: “We have discussed the matter with our leader (party chief Mamata Banerjee) and will hold a meeting of the Trinamool Congress Legislature Party ahead of the Governor's inaugural speech to take the final decision.”