Mamata Banerjee Meet PM Modi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the chief ministers’ meeting in New Delhi on December 5.
An official source told that during the possible meeting, Mamta Banerjee can pressurize the Center to release the dues of the state. She said that she can also bring the issue of erosion of Ganga in Farakka barrage and its surrounding areas to Modi’s notice. He said, ‘‘The Chief Minister is also expected to take up the issue of payment of pending MGNREGA dues in Bengal in the meeting.’’
Why is there a meeting?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called a meeting of chief ministers in the national capital Delhi as India will host the G-20 summit in 2023. The official said that the invitation has reached Mamta Banerjee’s office and CM Mamta Banerjee will go to Delhi to attend the meeting. The meeting between Banerjee and Modi is expected to take place at a time when states are mounting pressure to release dues from the Center.
What is claimed?
Many states, including West Bengal, had claimed that they were facing difficulty in launching development and social welfare programs because of the ‘long delay’ in releasing funds from the Centre. In a memorandum to Modi, Banerjee had stated that the state’s dues to the central government by July 31, 2022, are estimated to be around Rs 1,00,968.44 crore.
CM Mamata Banerjee had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing concern over the continuous erosion on the banks of river Ganga in Malda, Murshidabad and Nadia districts of the state. He prime minister Narendra Modi to advise the ministry concerned to conduct a detailed study involving all stakeholders and prepare an integrated plan to control the situation.