Kolkata: Having earned a reputation of being an anti-Capitalist, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is now looking towards the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model to bring West Bengal back on track of development.

Alike Mamata, her cabinet colleagues are also looking forward to joint ventures to give thrust to some key sectors in the state.

Giving an idea of the level of acceptance of the model in the state government, Minister of Higher Education, Bratya Basu opined that doors are open for private companies who are willing to invest money in education sector.

“Government wants to bring modernisation in the education sector, for which availability of fund is of utmost importance," said Basu.

He informed that the government is still in initial stages and is trying to have an agreement with private firms.

Mamata’s attention towards PPP model can be gauged from the fact that out of the ten km long beautification project of Hoogly in Kolkata, work of 9 km is being done under the PPP model. The beautification drive is a dream project of the Trinamool chief.

The state is also thinking of engaging the private sector in the health sector.

The state has been in dire need of funds to complete the number of ambitious projects announced by the state government- failure in which would invite the ire of the common people.  Mamata, a key ally of the UPA, had pinned hopes on the Centre for special packages, but nothing concrete came on that front. 

In that context, the state government is left with no option but to depend on the PPP model.

(JPN/Bureau)