10 April, New Delhi
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured her to consider the release of pending Rs 10,459 crore for state pending projects
Talking to reporters after meeting with the Prime Minister in South Block, New Delhi, Ms Banerjee said that she had discussed with the PM on many pending projects and state’s shares (funds) for which development was being delayed for wants of funds. Ms Banerjee said she submitted a list of pending projects and state shares to the prime minister and Modi assured her to try to consider in releasing funds.
She said the Rs 10,459 crore was state share, which the Centre should consider otherwise the state was facing fund crunch for executing development projects. ” We are already paying money to the Centre for debt of the previous government,” Ms Banerjee said as quoted an official source here. Ms Banerjee, who is now in Delhi on the invitation of President Pranab Mukherjee and PM Narednra Modi in view of visiting Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed.
On a question Ms Banerjee said during her talk with Modi no discussion was held regarding Teeta River. The sharing of Teesta water between India and Bangladesh is crux point of the bilateral relations. However, the Union government has been giving much importance on the opinion of state chief minister, who wants state interest one of the priority sectors for her government. The face to face meeting between Ms Banerjee and PM Modi was today for about 20 minutes and for the first time in eight months.