Mamata meets PM Modi, seeks release of Rs 10,000 cr due to West Bengal
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who shares a tense relationship with the Centre, today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking release of funds over Rs 10,000 crore due to the state under various centrally sponsored schemes.
In the nearly half-an-hour-long meeting in the morning, Mamata also and raised the loan waiver issue with Modi while discussing the state's debt situation.
Drawing the PM's attention to the problems arising out of lack of funds, she said dues worth Rs 10,469.01 crore were pending with the Centre for MNREGA, Swachh Bharat Mission, food subsidy among other programmes.
"We discussed about the debt situation of the state and release of funds due to the state under various projects and schemes," Banerjee said after her meeting with Modi.
"Around Rs 10,459 crore is pending with the Centre, I apprised the Prime Minister about that and the problems arising out of that. I requested him to ensure that the funds are released. He said he will try to release the funds," she added.
The Prime Minister said he would look into it, Mamata, who was in the capital on a four-day visit since Saturday, said here after the meeting.
There was, however, no talk on the Teesta river water sharing accord with Bangladesh, she said.
The Trinamool Congress chief has been one of the most vocal critics of Modi and led the opposition's onslaught on the issue of demonetisation.