Footing Club Bills
- The cash-strapped Trinamool government handed over cheques totalling Rs 40.09 crore to nearly 2,400 clubs in Bengal. Ostensible reason: upliftment and betterment of youth.
- According to reports, it would spend Rs 600 crore in five years on doles to 10,000 clubs.
- Plan expenditure for the sports and youth services department was doubled in the current fiscal to finance the largesse; real development neglected
- Charges of favouritism against MLAs selecting clubs; ‘buying muscle power before panchayat polls’, says CPI(M)
For once, the gaze shifts from the crusty, elite social clubs of Calcutta. Humble ‘para’ clubs, languishing for decades under the light of solitary, naked bulbs, have moved centrestage, thanks to the Trinamool Congress showering them with cash from state coffers—something that’s not gone unnoticed in New Delhi’s Planning Commission.
Membership to the snooty,...