- CM Mamta and PM Modi met for about an hour
- The PMO shared a photo of a meeting that lasted for about an hour
- CM Mamta presented the details of the total amount to be given to the state in the meeting
Modi-Mamata meeting: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. This high level meeting took place at PM House. In this meeting he raised several issues related to his state including GST levies and timely release of funds under various schemes by the Centre. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has shared a photo of the meeting, which lasted approximately one hour.
In a memorandum to the Prime Minister, Banerjee said that she has several times sought intervention regarding the immediate release of funds to the state due to the implementation of the Rural Employment Scheme-MNREGA, PM-Awas Yojana and PM-Gramin Sadak Yojana. He said the amount payable to the state under these schemes is now around Rs 17,996.32 crore.
After the meeting, Banerjee went to meet President Draupadi Murmu.
Banerjee in his memo has presented the details of the total amount to be given to the state under various schemes and benefits. The outstanding fund of the Central Government to the State as on July 31, 2022 is estimated to be around Rs 1,00,968.44 crore. Banerjee has repeatedly accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government of delaying the payment of goods and services tax (GST) to states, especially those ruled by opposition parties. After meeting Prime Minister Modi, Banerjee went to meet President Draupadi Murmu.
Mamta can attend NITI Aayog board meeting
Banerjee, who arrived in Delhi on Thursday on a four-day visit, is likely to attend the NITI Aayog Board of Governors meeting to be chaired by Prime Minister Modi on August 7. She did not attend the meeting last year. Banerjee’s meeting with the Prime Minister comes at a time when the Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee and his aide Arpita Mukherjee. However, it is not known whether the issue was discussed at the meeting.
However, it is not known whether the issue was discussed at the meeting. Banerjee’s meeting with Modi assumes significance as the vice presidential election will be held on August 6, from which her Trinamool Congress Party (TMC) has decided to stay away. The BJP-led NDA has fielded former West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar as its vice-presidential candidate, while the opposition parties have fielded Margaret Alva.
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