Kolkata: The surprise visits by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to government offices has put forth her real tough face before the official machinery in the state.  After her visit to Bangur Neurological Hospital, and the ensuing suspension of the Director has forced the government officials to remain on their toes.

The Chief Minister’s tough posture has created a fear among the officials hitherto known for their lackadaisical attitude and sluggishness.

Mamata who on Saturday was on a surprise visit to hospitals and medical colleges, after witnessing a large crowd of patients standing on the main-gate of the hospitals, came back without paying visits. Later, the hospital officials informed that after the arrangement of 30 extra beds was made at the CM’s direction.

However, there are few complaining mouths too. One female employee at the new secretariat said the Labour Commissioner is holding meetings with officers therefore general staff is also facing the trouble.

Although, another employee said there is hardly any difference in the functioning of common staff after Mamata’s becoming the Chief Minister, as their work schedules are already decided.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would meet Union Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday to discuss the state's economic plight. The state’s Finance Minister, Amit Mitra, and other senior officials of the Union Finance Ministry will also be present.

After becoming the CM, Mamata has expressed her worries for the state's financial health. Criticising the Left government, she said, “I have got a bankrupt state from the Left,” but assured the government employees that they would face no inconvenience.

Earlier speaking to mediapersons, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said he will meet Mamata Banerjee to discuss the current economic situation. “Without meeting how can I comment on the state's economic situation? We have already clarified that the Centre would provide possible assistance to the state.”

The state government, meanwhile, has also started the step to form a land bank so that entrepreneurs won’t have much problem in setting up industries in the state.

By taking steps towards land reforms and to know the amount of land available with the government, the CM has asked the concerned officials to submit the current status report.

During elections, Mamata had promised the industrialists to set up land bank for facilitating them land for their establishments. Keeping the need of industrialists in mind, she has retained the Ministry of Land Reforms with her.

(JPN/ Bureau)