Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mamata Banerjee to pursue mixed economy model in West Bengal

Trinamool has prepared a vision document on how the new government should rebuild the state, which over the past 34 years had been abused by an Alimuddin Street-controlled administration and decayed in every respect, be it social sectors like health and education or economic parameters like industrialisation and farm productivity. The vision statement will serve as the Bible for the new ministers after the Banerjee government takes oath possibly on May 18.

In the health and education sector, Banerjee plans strong government control. She has proposed a hub-and-spoke model in healthcare by connecting sub centres, primary health centres, district hospitals and super speciality hospitals in Kolkata. In education, she plans to overhaul the vocational programmes with emphasis on industrial training institutes to train industrial labour and improve their employability.

"She has an amazing sense of the pulse,” a top finance ministry bureaucrat said.

IMO: Singur & Nandigram stuck out as glaring faults  - many did not see that till now but it seemed pretty obvious to me all along. Killing off and intimidating the electorate does not win votes, hopefully, in a democracy. The Singur & Nandigram factor may have become the tipping point. But Didi's obvious improvement in the railways (the results of which quickly became almost startlingly obvious), will, it is hoped, be followed by further success with the difficult problems in Bengal.

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