The recent state budget presented by the Mamata Banerjee led All India Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal is receiving much flak due to the amount of money that has been alloted for minority fee development and Madrasa education board.
The amount for Madrasa education is much more than important large industries, Small and Medium enterprises, Tourism and Information Technology sector, combined.
The state government will spend a sum of Rs 2,815 crore on the former while its expenditure for the latter will stand much lower at Rs 2,154 crore for the 2017-18 fiscal year.
The allocation of Rs 2,775 crore for backward classes, tribal welfare, Sunderbans affairs and North Bengal is also lower than allocation for the minority affairs. Even irrigation and waterways have received lower priority, an allocation of Rs 2,410 crore, than madrasa education in Mamata Banerjee’s Bengal.
This move comes amid growing allegations of Muslim appeasement against the West Bengal government. The state has recently been embroiled in controversy due to the open altercation between Kolkata police and CBI officials, which led to the Chief Minister to sit on a dharna.