Alongwith ‘Bhai’ Kejri, Didi demands 21K Cr from Centre


New Delhi: After sitting for a meeting with PM Narendra Modi at 7 RCR, West Bengal CM addressed the press keeping Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal by her side. Mamata said the state government has submitted a memorandum to the PM seeking funds for flood-hit West Bengal. She said that a project worth Rs 21000 crore has been tabled to the PM for his referral and consideration of funds. Adding to it, Mamata said that Modi has said that he would look into it.

Mamata also said that she has asked the PM to convene a meeting of Niti Ayog regarding Plan Size and modernise DVC, so that in future Bengal is not flooded due to release of water. “We have discussed about a 'Business Corridor' involving four countries under 'Look East Policy',” said WB CM.

According to Mamata’s version, at least 1 crore people in Bengal have been affected by floods and suffered losses worth Rs 30000 crore. WB CM lamented that there were Planning Commission and National Development Council to discuss matters of the states earlier, but now they have been shutted down.

About the 7 RCR meeting she said, “We had a positive discussion. Let's see if the response from Centre will be positive. We may have ideological differences with political parties but governments have to work together,” She also added that a request for the allocation of the funds to be released with immediate effect so that it can be utilized in the current financial year.

Mamata concluded her press meet by saying that “From UN to World Bank, everyone is appreciating Bengal's performance. Bengal is No. 1, whether you appreciate or not.” Mamata claimed, UN becomes a partner of West Bengal for implementing Kanyashree and the state is numero uno in skill development.  “3 out of 4 top districts in Clean India scheme are from Bengal. 25 out of 100 cities are also from Bengal,” added Didi.