Mitra fires fresh salvo against Congress

The on-going spat between the Congress and Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal refused to die down with the state finance minister Amit Mitra on Thursday saying that what the state got till December last year was all but a share of central receipts in respect of the numerous taxes and different central schemes,which was guaranteed by the Constitution of India.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: February 10, 2012 5:41 am

The on-going spat between the Congress and Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal refused to die down with the state finance minister Amit Mitra on Thursday saying that what the state got till December last year was all but a share of central receipts in respect of the numerous taxes and different central schemes,which was guaranteed by the Constitution of India.

He also reiterated the state government’s demand that the Centre should accord the state a moratorium of three years on the Rs 22,000 crore that the state had to pay annually for the repayment of interest and part payment of loan,which amounted to Rs 2.3 lakh crore.

“Article 270 of the Indian constitution speaks of devolution of funds that the Centre collects through various taxes and it is the finance commission that decides on the states’ share of central receipts. According to the last finance commission for 2010 to 2015,the states’ share stands at 32 per cent and in that process,which means West Bengal is supposed to get Rs 19,000 crore,of which they have got only Rs 12,000 crore till December. But what I mean to say is that it was our constitutional right,’’ Mitra said at press conference at Writers’ Building.

The West Bengal finance minister had called the press conference to refute Singhvi’s charges on Wednesday that he was distorting and understating facts and that the state government actually got Rs 23,000 crore in the last year.

On February 5,Singhvi said in response to a question that the state government received about Rs 8,000 crore from the Centre. The next day Mitra refuted Singhvi’s claims saying the state had not received a single paisa as grant.

Mitra added that while West Bengal got Rs 12.3 crore as state’s share,Uttar Pradesh got Rs 33,376 crore and Bihar got Rs 18.577 crore. He added that for Border Region Development Fund (BRDF),the state government was supposed to get Rs 8,760 crore from the Centre and on that sector just on February 7,the state government received Rs 1,076 crore.

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