‘Didn’t Scrap Social Schemes Despite Cash Crunch & Demonetisation’

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Kolkata: Reacting on the Bengal Budget 2017-18, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said that despite financial compulsions and the effect of demonetisation, no scheme in the social sector has been scrapped.

“Bengal Govt is a humane govt. We believe in social justice. We are always with the people,” the CM said.

She slammed the Left Front Government for the huge legacy of debt that the present government has inherited. She said: When Left Front was in power why did they not start Kanyashree, Sabuj Sathi, Khadya Sathi? Left Front did not follow fiscal discipline. There was no FRBM. We are paying debts that they incurred in 2006.”

“She added, “CPI(M) destroyed the economy of Bengal. Centre did not take any step to avoid govt from falling. Despite paying so much debt instalments we are carrying out massive developmental projects.”

The Bengal government said neither the UPA nor the current government at the Centre gave any debt moratorium to Bengal.

We have restructured govt departments. The number of departments is down to 52 from 63. PSUs have been merged and restructured. No one lost jobs. Number of PSUs is down to 44 from 90,” she added.

She also targeted the BJP over demonetisation. She said that the Centre has reduced funding to the States. She maintained that Centre must trust State governments.