Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said that she has requested a meeting with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to emphasise the state’s demand for the financial dues owed by the government of India.
Speaking to reporters at Bagdogra airport near Siliguri in north Bengal, Banerjee disclosed her plans to visit the national capital and expressed her desire for a meeting on any of the three days between December 18 and 20, PTI reported.
“I will be accompanied by a few MPs from the party this month and have sought an audience with Modi to address the state’s outstanding dues owed by GoI,” she stated.
Banerjee clarified that while the GoI is collecting GST from the state, it is not sharing the proceeds. Additionally, she highlighted that funds due to the state under various GoI schemes, such as MGNREGA, have not been received. The Chief Minister expressed concern that the state is being deprived of its financial entitlements from GoI.
Despite the GoI halting its contribution to various welfare schemes, Banerjee mentioned that the state continues to fund them using its own resources.