State To Slash Expenses Of Various Departments: Mamata

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Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said her government plans to cut down on the expenses of various departments, and effectively utilise them for repaying loans and on schemes for public benefits. Banerjee, however, said that keeping a check on the expenditure would not have any effect on public schemes like ‘Kanyashree’.

“We have to keep a check on the expenses by different departments. We must not spend money where there is no purpose for that. But, that does not mean that we will curtail funds meant for public services. We won’t compromise on public schemes,” she told reporters after a meeting on expenditure.

The CM also highlighted that the total state Budget rose from Rs 11,000 crore in 2011 to Rs 80,000 crore this year. Banerjee said various departments had performed well and as a result, the plan expenditure has gone up five times.

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