Kolkata: 15th Finance Commission till now has made significant progress in understanding the needs of Union government and various state governments through numerous meetings and state visits.
West Bengal is the fifth state to be visited by the Commission followed by Gujarat and Jharkhand. Commission hopes to gain an in-depth understanding of the recent developments and future possibilities of economic growth and development of West Bengal during its interactions and meetings with the state govt.
The Commission led by the Chairman Shri N.K.Singh, Members – Shri Shaktikanta Das, Dr. Anoop Singh, Dr. Ashok Lahiri, Dr. Ramesh Chand and Secretary Shri Arvind Mehta along with other officials will also meet leaders of various political parties, Representatives of Trade and Industry. There will also be an interactive session with Urban Local Bodies and Panchayati Raj Institutions.
On 17th July, before the formal presentations by the State govt officials, Commission led by Chairman Shri N.K. Singh will make a courtesy call on CM Ms. Mamata Banerjee. Commission will also visit IT Park in New Town, Kolkata, Madhyamgram Municipality and Kemia Khamarpara Gram Panchayat to understand their working and related issues. Ahead of the visit, Commission understood various aspects of its finances from Accountant General of West Bengal in New Delhi.
In the memorandum submitted to the Commission, West Bengal has mentioned numerous achievements in socio-economic areas. Government has launched numerous schemes for Social Sector development. State has achieved remarkable improvement in Institutional Deliveries from 65% in 2010 to 96% in 2018.