In West Bengal, at least Rs. 800 crore meant for minority developmental projects seems to have gone a-begging. According to media report, this huge amount of money should have been utilised for developing schools, laboratories, ITI, drinking water projects in districts where there are sizeable minority populations. But one cannot find ‘English Model School project’ or different drinking water projects in those areas. It is learnt that more than Rs. 412 crore remain unutilised for the last three to four years. The state has not yet submitted the utilisation certificate for the remaining Rs. 379 crore 59 lakh to the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India.
The project under which this money is allotted is called ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK), erstwhile known as Multi-sectoral Development Programme initiated by the first UPA government in 2006. The Ministry has sent a letter to the State government to furnish a report by sending a team to New Delhi. On 21 October, a meeting was held in the capital where the secretary of the concerned department was present. The anomaly regarding the fund was discussed and on 8th this month, a detailed letter was sent to Nabanna.
The pertinent question is, where have this fund gone? The Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was herself the Minister in charge of the Minority department at that time when this anomaly happened. The Chief Minister is lavishly spending money to hold festivals, Puja and sports extravaganza. Has this money been siphoned off and is being poured into these razzle-dazzle affairs? The state government must stand up and answer.