WBPCC demands White Paper on Central funds

Accusing the Municipal Affairs Department of the West Bengal Government of discriminating against the Congress-led civic bodies while disbursing funds allocated by the Centre, the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee (WBPCC) leadership demanded here on Thursday that the department issue a White Paper showing the amount of Central funds received and actually spent for projects.

PCC president Manas Bhunia said at a press conference: “Though the Union Ministry of Urban Development has allocated lot of funds for the State, the State's Minister for Municipal Affairs, Ashok Bhattacharya, is standing in the way of its effective distribution to the local civic bodies. The State Government is even encroaching into the jurisdiction of the municipal bodies.”

Dr. Bhunia said that a representative team would meet Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy and Union Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja and request them to intervene in the matter.

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