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Updated: April 22, 2012 01:44 IST

Mamata sets deadline for Centre on funds

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About the Centre’s claim of giving funds to the state, West Bengal Chief Minister Banerjee said the central funds received were for backward area development, including junglemahal, which were also received by other states. File photo
PTI About the Centre’s claim of giving funds to the state, West Bengal Chief Minister Banerjee said the central funds received were for backward area development, including junglemahal, which were also received by other states. File photo

Ahead of the coming presidential polls, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday served a virtual ultimatum to the Centre, on the issue of West Bengal's persistent fiscal troubles, saying that she won't wait longer than a fortnight for the settlement of the problem pending for the last 11 months.

Addressing a gathering of the State's civil service cadres (West Bengal Civil Service – WBCS), she also spoke of her plans to launch a channel, and a publication for highlighting the achievements of her government.

“They [the Centre] are trying to make sure that this government cannot do its work. They are trying to sever our lifeline. While they aren't even allowing me moratoriums on loans, they have recently also taken Rs. 1500 crore of our dues by way of Central Sales Tax. I have waited for long, made many visits, but now I won't wait longer than a fortnight,” she said.

Turning her attention to the press, she said it were refusing to highlight the government's good work. “You are working so hard, your work scope has expanded as there are so many projects these days — but the slander campaign continues. So, we are planning to launch our own channel, and also a publication to provide a fair evaluation of our work,” Ms. Banerjee said.

Charter of demands

Glancing through the charter of demands given to her by the WBCS officers, she said that she was accepting 90 per cent of them. “I would like to hike your special allowance from Rs. 250 to Rs. 1000…at least Rs. 500 to start with,” she said, turning to her Finance Minister Amit Mitra, as if seeking his approval.

indian politics is of high drama,majority of readers are not aware what is reality behind curtained doors,congresi ruled this nation with trick,manipulation and fraud,they notonly strangulated opposition ruled state but also tried to bankrupt by their manipulation,assam was given crore of money because they were congresi cm but bengal was not shown any mercy becuase mamtra is not toeing the line of slavery,mamta is most honest ,fighting spirited lady,but biased media with leftist,liberal groups giving them very negative image ,memta have initiated lot of good development works,and needs more their own money which is collected by centre in their own state,we thank modi stewardship to make gujrat most happening place without begging any money from hungry centre,otherwise every chief minister beg money from finance minister with begging bowl,we needs new system where upto village level , people envisage their own project and implement with their available resources,modi is done well

from:  bhupinder
Posted on: Apr 27, 2012 at 05:56 IST

The Center- State relation is at all time low especially in the coalition era. It seems that the CM's are more powerful than the PM or the Central Govt. That's why CM's like DiDi (THE THE)Mamta play their ploy to nag the GoI.In fact, the India Union has seen a lot much political drama since the regimes of Chandrashekher, VP SIngh & Deve Gowda. And then the trend setters like Jaya-Maya-Mamta,Karunanidhi etc. dominated the national politics with their locally manufactured classical chord. This is really the worst of a multi-party system, henceforth the federal structure is , most of the times, threatened, due to such cheap politics. In democracy, everyone has a voice but that shouldn't be at the cost of the national integration!

from:  C C Bhaumik
Posted on: Apr 22, 2012 at 23:15 IST

It is not only Mamata Banerji is complaining against UPA central Govt, but all non UPA partners like Jayalalitha , Nitish Kumar Prakash Singh Badal, and all other Chief Ministers of BJP also. It is certain that the Central UPA Govt is very partial towards the. This is sheer political fraud. Sri Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat, has stopped making his complaint about this now and commenced to plan of his own and execute them. Mamata and Jayalalitha also should follow him and teach the congress Party a lesson in 2014 elections.

from:  K Sanckar
Posted on: Apr 22, 2012 at 20:04 IST

ENUF IS ENUF. ENOUGH OF BLACK-MAILING. If need be, time for new elections, but do not bend backwards ! Mamata has become a spoilt child now., and it is time to use the rod.

from:  Shubhendra Bannerjee
Posted on: Apr 22, 2012 at 18:21 IST

I am amazed at the comments. Indians please start criticizing the estalishment, whether they happen to be your bosses, or your Parent/Figures. Acceptance is not what you are supposed to do, as that's not your obligation. To ensure the well-being of future generations, you will have to spill blood, if absolutely required. This requires tremendous amounts of critical thinking, which Indians have, but sadly, only for academic purpose. It is time to get out of our AC rooms, and get to the roads, fighting for once for the underdogs, and criticizing the Government, especially the Central Government if absolutely required. Otherwise we may be the victims of the blood-spill. Before that happens, let us become pro-active, & act for our Principles, & for the Truth, for once. I am really amazed at all these comments, they all seem to be hitting at Mamata; which i think is fine; but if funds are not being transfered from Center to State (a fact), then you need to direct your criticism against ctr.

from:  Sunit Jang Bahadur
Posted on: Apr 22, 2012 at 11:01 IST

Mamta has proved she is autocratic; has no respect for others' views!?
Her removal of Rly minister after budget presentation was shameful; she could have discussed with him her plans before itself eh! Then arrest of Professors for cartoon, most disgraceful; she could retort by her own cartoon showing Prof unable to teach ABCD to primary students!! Her threat to Central Govt often made shows scant regard for coalition; why not discuss her problems in private behind scenes? Blaming media is now her new weapon; starting her own channel to praise her deeds will never help her gain popularity for sure; May better counsel prevail on the madam for good governance and propriety

from:  Radhik Hairam
Posted on: Apr 22, 2012 at 06:52 IST

Bengali's have lost their voice and identity in India. Most of the
rulers of India come from Central and Northern India. East and South are
voiceless. West Bangal will do good if it merges with Bangladesh and
create the 4th largest country in the world and will have no need for an
Army, BSF or all that useless nonsense. If combined with Nepal and
Jharkand, it would be rich in natural resources and will have the
ability to assert itself at global level. In India, Bengali's are
neither heard or given any consideration.

from:  Naveed
Posted on: Apr 22, 2012 at 02:52 IST

What is happening to this country? Chief Ministers issuing ultimatums very much like Maoists and other terror outfits. Where are we headed?

from:  Viswanath
Posted on: Apr 21, 2012 at 21:44 IST

West Bengal should sell off some of its PSUs to raise funds. Should be politically palatable to Mamata, since most of these PSUs would have unions backing the communists or UPA.

from:  Amit
Posted on: Apr 21, 2012 at 20:05 IST

mamta banarjee since she became cm has been always looking for means to back out from congress.i cant remember even a week being passed out without her threatening the government. Her recent announcement is another one of her strategy to be in limelight. What does she think indian government is " a money tree ". Every proposal of centre to hike the taxes or railway fare has been opposed by her, then how can she demand for money.she is saying that interest of debt is more than tax collected, well it is bound to be. Centre had suggested her several measures to hike the taxes but she had a "SAY NO TO WHATEVER CENTERE CAME UP WITH " policy. Didi instead of blaming every other person for her failures and looking out for conspiracies against her should focus on development of state.

from:  anshuman
Posted on: Apr 21, 2012 at 19:55 IST

Mamata Banerjee, is proving to be a divisive figure.
How can central government give a moratorium, for three years?
Centre has to distribute money to all the states, and if state governments default on
their interest payments, other states have to foot the bill.
It would be wise for her to discuss issues in her meetings with the finance minister 'Mr
Pranab Mukherjee' rather than making populist statements, to grab newspaper
headlines. She is now in power, and she knew very well about state's finances when she
opted to be the chief minister of the state. What advice does she give to other states,
giving out similar ultimatums. Mamata is a prime ministerial material and would do
well to behave like a national leader rather than a local populist leader.

Posted on: Apr 21, 2012 at 19:03 IST

First, from her speech Ms. Banerjee has implicitly admitted that she
had failed to develop the state's revenue, which could be translated
as the failure to develop the quality/well being of the people in the

Second, she has indicated that she is receiving from the Centre and
that is for backward areas. THis only means that the centre is
developing areas which should have become an additional source of
income. So, I has to introspect on what went wrong and why these
regions are not producing income. Instead of that, she says 'Other
states too receive the fund'. I don't know if she is looking for
preferential treatment or she is making an allusion.

Finally I would like to quote Mr.Modi who, in spite of the lack of
support from center, has transformed Gujarat into one of best states
in India. It is only fair that he is applauded for his acumen. I
believe Ms. Banerjee should start learning from successful examples...

from:  Bharat
Posted on: Apr 21, 2012 at 18:32 IST

Elected governments borrow money without any control and subsequent governments say
that they can't pay the interest! Ultimately the politicians play games with tax payer's money.
What controls should be placed on borrowings by governments? Mamta has been blaming
everyone in the country for Bengal's pathetic economic condition. She is just an activist and
not an administrator. She will continue the blame game for the next five years.

from:  Antony Kuriakose
Posted on: Apr 21, 2012 at 18:33 IST

UPA's allies are opportunistic, the opposition BJP uninventive, unhealthy and of poor quality. The states are pretty much bullying the centre. Maharashtra's Raj Thackeray wants non-Maharashtrian Indians out of the state. That coupled with separatist movements, India looks like it is going to disintegrate. And maybe it should.

from:  Manish
Posted on: Apr 21, 2012 at 18:30 IST
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