Union minister Ram Kripal Yadav today reprimanded the West Bengal government for "failing to meet the targets in implementing central schemes" and alleged that it was "unwilling to execute" the Centre's development projects. "I went on a field visit today to the panchayat areas in Howrah to oversee the progress of the construction of houses under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awaas Yojana. To my surprise, I found the progress to be very poor.
The block I visited had no such house standing," he said. The Union Rural Development Minister claimed that even the toilets constructed under the central schemes did not have doors or roofs and added that the officials were "silent" when asked to explain the non-implementation of the schemes. "A lot of villagers, especially women, told me how they longed for their own houses. I want to ask the state government why were the houses not built? I think the state government does not want to implement the schemes and only wants to malign the Centre," he said. Yadav described West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's scheduled meeting with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi as an "attempt by the opposition forces to gang up due to political frustration".
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