Guv lauds Mamata, Bengal govt for staying strong through demonetisation, GST
Kolkata: Governor K N Tripathi has congratulated the state government for the various measures it had taken to tide over demonetisation and hasty introduction of Goods and Service tax (GST).
He was addressing the MLAs at the beginning of the Budget session at the West Bengal Legislative Assembly on Tuesday afternoon.
He congratulated Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for holding 350 administrative meetings and public distribution programmes across the state. He commented that with the state economy having barely recovered from the effects of demonetisation, manufacturers, suppliers, traders as well as consumers were badly hit by the introduction of GST.
But because of the leadership of Banerjee, the state could tide over these two major problems. He also mentioned that the dynamic Chief Minister strongly believes in individual freedom and has always resented any infringement on individual freedom or any compromise with the sanctity of the privacy of citizens.
He also congratulated the state government for peaceful holding of different festivals involving various communities.
The Governor mentioned in his speech the great achievement of the state government, in implementing the Kanyashree project that has reached out to 45 lakh girl students. August 14 has been dedicated as Kanyashree Divas and the project has bagged the prestigious Public Service Award, given by the United Nations at its headquarters at The Hague, Netherlands.
He said through reforms in the tax collection mechanism and application of information technology, revenue collection has risen from Rs 21,128 crore to Rs 45,646 crore in just four years. Bengal is one of the few states that has surplus power generation capacity.
Also, the farthest parts of the state are now connected by roads. The state government has taken up construction of infrastructure assets to the tune of Rs 12,000 crore, which will come up in the next 3-4 years and will give a huge boost to the economy.