New Delhi: Opening the doors of treasury for the newly appointed Mamata government in West Bengal, Central government on Wednesday approved state’s annual plan of Rs 22,214 crore for 2011-12, which is at least 23 percent up from Rs 17,985 crore in the last fiscal.

Observers hailed the move as a landmark decision as this will be the first time in the history of the West Bengal that the state has received such huge funds from the Centre.

The decision was announced by Mamata Banerjee after she attended a meeting with Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

After the meeting, the CM said that infrastructure and tourism development among others would be the priority areas for the government, which took charge last month ending 34-years of uninterrupted rule by the Left Front.

She also informed that Kolkata's infrastructure, including the metro network, would be developed as per the Kolkata Development Project.

“My government will take up efforts to make Kolkata another London and turn Darjeeling into another Switzerland, besides giving visitors an experience of African safari in the Sundarbans”, Mamata assured.

Talking about the employment opportunities in the state, Mamata said, “The state government plans to set up 16 industrial clusters in West Bengal to boost growth of small and medium scale industries. We have already decided that within two years we will create at least more than 10 lakh jobs for the unemployed youths”.

According to the sources, at least 5,000 industrial units are to be set up in the clusters and six of the clusters are to come up in minority-dominated areas.

Besides this, she also promised to bring more stability in the Darjeeling Hills after the recent agreement with the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha.

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