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Mamata Writes to PM Modi Expressing Concern Over ‘Reduction’ in Central Funds to State.

Author : Odisha Today Bureau | Posted on: 2020-02-21

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing concern over "steady reduction" of central funds to the state and "inordinate delay" in their release.

 

In her letter, Banerjee asserted that despite that the state's GSDP grew by 10.4 per cent against the national GDP growth of 5 per cent in 2019-20.

 

"I write to you with deep concern regarding steady reduction of central funds to the state and also inordinate delay in release of funds to us from the Government of India," Banerjee said in the letter.

 

She said the state is yet to receive its share of central funds totalling Rs 50,000 crore till January, 2020.

 

This "extradordinary situation" is creating major difficulties in meeting obligations for the welfare of the state, she said.

 

The letter said, "You will, no doubt, appreciate that both the central and the state governments are expected to fulfil the constitutional obligations and the commitments to the people, so that respective governments run smoothly ... However, West Bengal is being deprived of the huge outstanding dues."

 

"I would, therefore, urge upon you to kindly take all necessary action to address the issues mentioned above so that the state government can usher in more and more development works for the people of the state," she added.

 


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