Mamata to leave for Delhi on Monday


Kolkata:Mamata Banerjee will leave for New Delhi on Monday evening to raise the demand of compensation for flood-affected farmers with the Centre.The West Bengal Chief Minister’s visit comes in the wake of Centre clearing the phase-II of the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project in which a Rs 2361.35 crore World Bank assistance will be shared among 6 states, including Bengal. The project envisages cyclone forecasting, warning systems, cyclone risk mitigation and capacity building in multi-hazard risk management.

The West Bengal Chief Minister will also ask the Centre for interim assistance under the National Calamity Relief Fund. Bengal hasn’t received any assistance. The West Bengal Chief Minister may also raise the demand for Rs 4,500 crore, which the Centre has held back in the Backward Region Grant Funds. Of the Rs 7,500 crore allocated, the state has got Rs 3,000 crore.