Bengal: Mamata Banerjee raises issue of central dues with PM Narendra Modi

BANKURA: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday told Prime Minister Narendra Modi about non-release of funds by the Centre to Bengal.
Banerjee, speaking at a video conference with the PM which also had other chief ministers, said dues on account of GST compensation to the tune of Rs 8,500 crore had accumulated and, on the other hand, expenses on every account were increasing. Even in Covid management, she said, the state has spent Rs 4,000 crore while the Centre has released only Rs 193 crore.
Speaking at an administrative meeting later, Banerjee also blamed the Centre’s new farm laws for the rising potato and onion prices in Bengal. “The Centre has promulgated a farm law that will spell doom. The new law has led to black marketeering. I don’t know how long we can continue with our stocks,” she said. Banerjee said she had written to Modi over spiralling potato and onion prices.
Adviser to CM in agriculture Pradip Mazumdar drew Banerjee’s attention to the depleting potato stocks procured by the state. Mazumdar also referred to the legal hurdle in procuring potatoes under the new farm law. Banerjee asked him to get in touch with chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay and work out alternatives to check prices.
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