Failure in getting Central fund for flood

Adhir Chowdhury blames state govt
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EOI CORRESPONDENT
MALDA
14 Sep 2017

State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury lambasted the chief minister Mamata Banerjee alleging that the flood-victims in the state did not get due compensation owing to failure of the state government. Chowdhury was infuriated after the sub divisional officer (SDO) – Sadar denied Congress the permission of holding the meeting using loudspeakers at the vicinity of district collectorate building today.
“Congress led UPA government made provision of aiding the states in advance with a huge fund to combat natural-calamities. The states are supposed to get more fund after the money received in advance is properly utilized. We wonder, why the Trinamool Congress led state government could not place its demand with the Central government following flood in 11 districts in West Bengal,” the state Congress chief said.
He claimed that in response to his question in the parliament Uma Bharti, a member of the Central cabinet had stated that no requisition for fund from West Bengal was placed with the Central government. “That’s why West Bengal did not get any monetary aid for flood in the state,” Chowdhury said.
Expressing strong discontent with the district administrative officials’ decision of denying permission to the meeting, the president of Pradesh Congress committee (PCC) said, “Some bureaucrats are acting as the agents of the ruling party. They have to answer the people for insulting the elected representatives of people in such an undemocratic manner,” he said.
Partha Chakraborty, SDO-Sadar, however, defended the decision. “The area where the meeting was supposed to be held is marked as ‘silence zone.’ Hence, we could not allow use of microphones there,” Chakraborty said.
State Congress head delivered his speech standing on a lorry fitted with loudspeakers. Abu Hashem Khan Choudhury and Mausam Noor, two Congress MPs from the district along with some Congress MLAs from Malda were present in the meeting.
A delegation of district Congress served a deputation with 16-point demands to additional district magistrate (land & land reforms) after the meeting.