Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee aims to put some tough questions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he visits West Bengal for a two-day tour starting May 9. Mamata, currently in North Bengal on an administrative tour of the districts, will reach Kolkata to receive Modi and will present him a memorandum.
“It’s courtesy of the state government to greet the PM. But we will submit a memorandum and explain how we have been financially deprived by the Centre. There are some schemes where funds have been stopped. I have to talk regarding why the funds have been stopped. I have to talk to him why the funds were stopped for my Jangalmahal (tribal area in South Bengal),” Mamata said.
She said the government cannot “stop all social sector programmes because social sector is the backbone of society. It is our responsibility to help the poor. We will fulfill our social commitments”.
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Mamata claimed that the Centre has also curtailed funds for Sarva Siksha Abhiyan and 100 days of work. “Despite all these, development works are still on,” she added.
On the restructuring of IISCO, she said the state government has given 4,000 acres of land while the Centre has allocated around Rs 20,000 crore for the project. Mamata also held a meeting with the winning candidates of Siliguri Municipal election. Nantu Pal, TMC leader and a winning candidate has been announced as the Leader of the Opposition.
Meanwhile, seven days after the election results, the state government is yet to issue a notification about board formation.
The mayoral candidate of CPM in Siliguri, Ashok Bhattcharya, said: “The notification that should be issued within seven days of results, is yet to be come. We cannot trust them (government). But we are sure that we would form board.”