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Civic bodies face flak

Calcutta, July 31: The government has stopped sanctioning funds to Kulti municipality in Burdwan after allegations of financial irregularities were proved true, urban development minister Asok Bhattacharya said in the Assembly.

His department had received specific complaints, said Bhattacharya. In reply to a question from Trinamul Congress MLA Malay Ghatak, the minister said: “We have information that the municipality has constructed a party office misusing the funds provided by the government for construction of a community hall.”

Kulti municipality is run by a Trinamul-Congress alliance. Ghatak alleged that the government had stopped disbursing funds because the municipality was run by Opposition parties. “There is no supply of drinking water and the municipality is not in a position to render civic amenities to the people as the government is not giving money,” said Ghatak.

Baidyabati municipality — also run by an Opposition alliance — in Hooghly has flouted norms in recruiting employees, the minister said. “The municipality appointed 121 people” without the “mandatory” government clearance.

Bhattacharya, however, added that if the civic body follows norms, the government will pay salaries to those appointed to the 60 sanctioned posts lying vacant.

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