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Transforming West Bengal - Changing the Agenda for an Agenda for Change

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The study highlights 30 specific reform steps, that are more than enough. In the United States, people have said that they can. They can bring about change. It is no different for West Bengal’s ...

The study highlights 30 specific reform steps, that are more than enough. In the United States, people have said that they can. They can bring about change. It is no different for West Bengal’s citizens. West

Bengal’s citizens deserve a better government and with that new government in place, can bring about change. In 5 years, West Bengal can become a completely different State. One that will not be stuck in India’s

middle, but will be right at the top. One that people don’t migrate away from, but one that people want to migrate into. West Bengal can become a State that one will be proud to live in, provided the political environment changes.

Promise 1: Governance

Governance has collapsed in West Bengal. The first step is to convince West Bengal’s citizens that there is a government. There is law and order. There is an administration that is not run by the party. There is an efficient dispute resolution system.
Promise 2: Land

Land is a key input and development requires more efficient and better-productivity use of land, including that in agriculture.

Promise 3: Labour

Other than land, labour is a key input and West Bengal’s strength lies in its human resources. However, the tapping of this potential requires improved physical and social infrastructure outcomes.

Promise 4: Capital

With governance, land and labour reforms in place, there is not much that has to be done for capital and industry. West Bengal’s advantages will ensure that capital moves in, without special fiscal incentives, and

that capital flight is reversed. Informal unorganized enterprises will become formal and organized. Subsistence self-employment will become productive wage employment. And the rural worker will move to higher income-earning urban pursuits. Having said this, some reforms are indeed necessary.

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  • 11919310 11919310 Could only got glimpses of the scenario. Desparately seeking permission from my Sir at Presidency college to translate it in Bengali and get it published. 4 years ago
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