Kolkata: Expediting the development process in West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee government has planned to invest Rs 500 crore especially to boost education, health and basic infrastructure in the northern part of the state.

The investment proposal for development was announced and discussed during a meeting in the state secretariat headed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday. Also, directions were issued to conduct special audit of the expenditures carried out by former Left government for development work.

After the meeting, Minister for Uttarbanga Unnayan, Gautam Dev said that tenders for the development work in the northern Bengal would be issued before Durga Puja.

Dev explained that Rs 5 crore would be spent in Jalpaiguri adding that the Chief Minister herself would assess the development work here in regular meetings.

He said, “During the three decades of Left Front’s ruling, only 14 meetings were held concerning the development in northern Bengal. A project of Rs 370 crore was made but that was full with irregularities.”