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February 13, 2017

Bengal’s mandays far exceed figure fixed by Centre’s labour Budget last year

Bengal’s mandays far exceed figure fixed by Centre’s labour Budget last year

Bengal Panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee on Thursday informed the Assembly that 129 percent mandays had been created in the state in the last fiscal compared to that fixed in the Labour Budget by the Centre.

He said that the target of the state last year was to reach 22.19 crore mandays, which was the Labour Budget fixed by the Centre following discussions with the state government. In the same year, the state government had created 28.66 crore mandays. “If we compare it with the Labour Budget, the figure would stand at 129 per cent,” he said.

He said Tamil Nadu had created 37.30 crore mandays that is the highest in the country. But that was 99 per cent of their labour Budget. “It shows despite being in the second position for creating labour days, if the percentages are taken into consideration, then Bengal tops the list,” said the Panchayat minister adding that this comes at the time when the Centre is well aware that the state is yet to get the pending amount of Rs 1578.87 crore for the 100-days job scheme.

As per the last fiscal, Tamil Nadu had spent 6,258.21 crore followed by the Bengal where Rs 4,847.62 crore was spent, he said.

In the past five years, the state government had managed to create 108 crore mandays. In 2011-12 fiscal, 15.08 crore mandays were created while in 2015-16 fiscal, 28.66 crore mandays were created. If we go by the figure then we will find that 12.18 per cent mandays of the country were created in Bengal,” he said.