Governor KN Tripathi on Thursday lauded the state government for the improvement in law and order situation.
He was addressing the budget session of the Assembly on Thursday afternoon. As the election will be held within a couple of months, the state Finance Minister Amit Mitra will present the vote on accounts on Friday.
The statement of the Governor demolishes the claim of the Opposition that the law and order situation in the state has deteriorated. The CPI(M) has proposed to make alliance with secular and democratic forces because of deterioration in the law and order situation.
Tripathi said that there was no environment of terror in the state. Between 2006 and 2011, when the state was under the Left Front regime there was “100% violence which has been reduced to 50% violence by the present government.” The police are successful in rounding up criminals and that has resulted in earning faith of the people.
The people have also appreciated the social face of police.
The Governor said West Bengal was the new destination for investment. In the Bengal Global Business Summit there was a proposal to invest Rs 2.50 lakh crore and out of this amount Rs 2.10 lakh crore investment is on the process of being implemented.
He said the state government had come out of the labour unrest and creating a stable investment friendly atmosphere. Referring to the erstwhile Left Front government he said there was a time when attempts were made to divide people and hit agriculture badly. “Agriculture and Industry will go hand in hand in future,” he said.
Tripathi said that the present government had came to power with the loan burden of the erstwhile Left Front government. “But despite that the state government has worked wonderfully causing all round development,” Thrpathi said. He lauded the state government for various projects.
The governor said that the schemes like Kanyashri and Sikhashree have immensely benefited people.
Under Sabuj Sathi projects cycles were distributed among 25 lakh people a promise which the state government made a year ago. The free distribution of cycles to the students of state run, aided and sponsored school is not only a successful, but an useful project undertaken by the state government, he said. The state government during the past four years had kept in mind every section of society and benefits were given to all of them. Benefits have been given to the civic volunteers.
The state government’s effort to give Rs 2 a kg rice to 7 crore people should be lauded. The projects taken by the state government for the development of minority community should be lauded. Constant efforts have been made to ensure that the students belonging to the minority community get education and are not deprived of the facilities.
The governor said that the overall picture of the state was very encouraging and no communal forces had been allowed to grow and spoil communal harmony. “We live in an environment of peace, prosperity and harmony and the government will continue to do so in future,” he observed.