Manmohan Singh promises to bring development to West Bengal

April 23rd, 2011 - 6:31 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh Kolkata, Apr 23 (ANI): Blaming the CPI (M)-led Left Front Government in West Bengal for lack of development in the last 34 years of its rule, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh today said only the Congress and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) combine will bring stability in the state, if voted to power.

Addressing an election rally here, Dr. Singh said: “I appeal to the masses to give the Congress-Trinamool alliance a chance to govern the state. The people of the state have given the chance to the Left Front to rule for 34 years. But the time of change has come”.

“The local bodies like the panchayats would be strengthened if the Congress-Trinamool Congress combine comes to power in West Bengal,” he added.

Accusing the government of failing to properly utilise funds for various development schemes, Dr. Singh said the Centre had given sufficient funds under the MNREGA, National Rural Health Mission, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, the Mid-day Meal Scheme and the PMGSY.

“It is unfortunate that the Bengal government has not been able to utilise the funds,” he added.

He further said that Andhra Pradesh government provided jobs to 60 lakh people under MNREGA during 2010-11, while in Bengal, only 48 lakh were provided jobs for 22 days.

Promising a better future for minorities, Dr. Singh said that new technology would be involved in farming and agriculture sectors and new initiatives would be taken up in State tourism. (ANI)

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