CAG Report Will Be Placed In This Session: Amit Mitra

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Kolkata: West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra on Tuesday said the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report will be placed in the current Assembly session.

“The CAG report will be placed in this session,” Mitra announced in the House. Replying to questions on general budget discussions, he said the budget was placed keeping in mind the ‘Maa-Mati-Manush’ philosophy and Rs 22,066 crore was augmented towards the social issues like uplift of backward classes and better primary education, despite cut in Central budget on such accounts.

The government has brought “financial prudence” in checking fiscal deficit compared to GDP, Mitra said. “In 2009, fiscal deficit to GDP was 6.26 per cent and in 2015-16 we have brought it down to 2.68 per cent,” he said.

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Mitra, however, evaded a member’s question on banning liquor in the state following the footsteps of Bihar. The minister also shied away from replying a question seeking a detailed breakup of employment numbers.