Union Finance Minister and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, who is on a two-day visit to West Bengal, called on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna on Saturday evening. The meeting started as a one-on-one and was later attended by state Finance Minister Dr. Amit Mitra.
The meeting comes close on the heels of the Bengal Chief Minister’s return to the city late last night from a five-day trip seeking investments for West Bengal.
After the Narendra Modi govt came to power, almost all the central ministers visiting West Bengal have made it a point to call on the Chief Minister.
The meet would provide the state government with an opportunity to reiterate its financial demands of a moratorium on debt repayment by the West Bengal government. Also, the state had been complaining that funds for various centrally sponsored schemes for poverty alleviation have not yet been released.