Bengal fails to make development grade

West Bengal has failed to meet targets set for several Central projects commissioned for rural development. The annual report of the Union ministry for rural development debunks claims of the CPI-M led state government that it has undertaken extensive development in rural areas. Projects where the state has failed include: n employment for villagers under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) for 100 days; n construction of roads in rural areas to link unconnected habitations under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and Bharat Nirman schemes, and