A day after she claimed that West Bengal “is being singularly deprived,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee charged on Saturday that Central share of funds for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) is yet to be released.
“Is it not sheer politics by the Central government [to do this] even in areas concerning development in Bengal?” Ms. Banerjee asked on her Facebook page.
“Even though we have performed so well and spent funds, the corresponding share, to meet the gap between available funds and our expenditure is yet to be released by the Centre,” she said.
Ms. Banerjee said the State government had surpassed its target of 18.33 crore mandays, generating 19.26 crore mandays in 2012-13.
The Trinamool Congress MPs will stage a demonstration on April 22 in front of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Parliament protesting the ‘economic deprivation’ of the State, party’s general secretary Mukul Roy told journalists at the TMC headquarters here.
The party will also launch a series of protests in the State and in New Delhi, including in Parliament, over the “heckling of Ms. Banerjee and West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra” in New Delhi on April 9, he added.
Commenting on the incident outside Yojana Bhavan in New Delhi, Mr. Roy said that it was unfortunate that no action had been taken against the perpetrators so far.