New Delhi: Expressing concern over the reduction of Central funds to her state, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him to release the funds as soon as possible. She also raised concern over the inordinate delay in the release of the Central funds. Also Read - Mamata Blames Centre For Actor, Politician Tapas Pal's Death, Says Centre Caused Several Deaths
“I write to you with deep concern regarding steady reduction of central funds to the state and also the inordinate delay in the release of funds to us from the Government of India,” Banerjee said in the letter. Also Read - Felt Bad: Mamata Banerjee on Not Being Invited to East-West Metro Launch
Saying that her state’s GDP grew at 10.4 per cent against the national GDP growth of 5 per cent in the current financial year, Banerjee her state is yet to receive its share of central funds totalling Rs 50,000 crore till January 2020.
“This extraordinary situation is creating major difficulties in meeting obligations for the welfare of the state,” she said in the letter.
Last month, the West Bengal Chief Minister had said she is ready to hold talks with PM Modi but first the PM will have to withdraw the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
“It is good that the Prime Minister is ready for talks but first take back the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). They did not call an all-party meet before taking a decision on Kashmir and CAA. NRC, NPR, and CAA these three are bad for the country. We are ready for talks but first withdraw NRC,” Mamata had said.
Apart from CAA, Banerjee also said that she will not accept the National Register of Citizens (NRC), National Population Register (NPR) in her state.
“We want a united India, we want united Bengal. We are not accepting CAA, NRC and NPR,” she had said.
The development comes after the state last month passed a resolution against the CAA which was moved by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government.
West Bengal was the latest state to do so after Kerala, Punjab and Rajasthan. The state assembly of West Bengal had on September 6 last year also passed a resolution against the NRC.