Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has strongly opposed the shifting of population base from 1971 to 2011 by 15th Finance Commission while making fresh recommendations.
In her letter, she argued that the population base shift will penalise those states, which have effectively implemented social and family welfare programmes in the last few years.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is the first chief minister in the country who has taken up the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a letter. Southern states have also raised voices against the shift of population base.
The Chief Minister pointed out that the state, as per calculation, would lose between Rs 22,000 crore to Rs 35,000 crore from 2020-2025 only, owing to use of 2011 census population.