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Deb slammed for Malda omission

Malda, Jan. 5: North Bengal development minister Gautam Deb faced criticism from the Congress and CPM MLAs at a meeting here today for the non-representation of Malda district in the North Bengal Development Council.

Deb had convened a meeting at the Old Circuit House today to discuss the preparation for the Uttarbanga Utsav scheduled to be held from February 10 to 15.

At the meeting, RSP MLA from Malatipur Rahim Bakshi said: “We want to know why there was no representation of our district in the council? How will development take place in the district? Earlier, the district magistrates, sabhadhipatis and MLAs were the members of the council and the state government used to get important feedback from them. But now there are no members from the district on the board of the council.”

Labour minister and Congress MLA from Mothabari Sabina Yasmin said barring North Dinajpur and Malda, the MLAs of all other four districts in north Bengal were in the council.

“Will we have to wait for the media to tell us what the council is doing? I want to know what role we, as people’s representatives, have to play?” she asked.

Deb told the MLAs that he would take up the matter with the chief minister. “We have thought of setting up an office of the council in Malda that will cater for the district and the two Dinajpurs.”

Asked why Malda had no representation in the council, Deb said: “I have not formed the board. Don’t ask me this question.”