March 9, 2015
We have asked for debt waiver for the State from the Prime Minister: WB CM
West Bengal CM Ms Mamata Banerjee met Prime Minister Modi in Parliament House Complex at today.
West Bengal, well known to be one of the most debt-stressed states in the country, is still battling the sins of the previous Government in ruling. West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee has asked the Centre to grant a debt relief to the State for over three and half years now, from the debt inherited, of which the West Bengal Government has already paid around Rs 1.5 lakh Crore as interest.
After the meeting the West Bengal Chief Minister addressed the Press.
Highlights of the CM’s address:
• We have asked for debt waiver for the State from the Prime Minister to be able to carry out developmental work in Bengal
• The Prime Minister has acknowledged that debt is highest in West Bengal and yet the financial management and development has been well carried out
• Secondly, Prime Minister has said financial condition is managed well in the State and in future also there will be major developments like the ones ongoing
• The Prime Minister has mentioned several states are in debt and together a solution is to be found, they will see how to help Bengal
• We informed the Prime Minister that for 100 Days Work, Food Procurement and ICDS Bengal is entitled to get funds from the Centre
• We have spoken about all these projects and also the Metro Rail projects which is on halt due to inadequate funds
• The Prime Minister has said he is happy with the performance of West Bengal and will help the State as much as he can