Centre sanctions Rs 944 crore under MGNREGS to West Bengal
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 22:17
Kolkata: With a fresh sanction of Rs 944 crore from the Centre, the West Bengal government has received about Rs 2500 crore under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), state Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Anisur Rahaman said here on Wednesday.

"After my conversation over phone with the Union Rural Development Minister C P Joshi and his Minister of State Sisir Adhikari yesterday, I received a fax about the release of Rs 944 crore by the Centre under MGNREGS", Rahaman said.

"With this, the state government has so far received Rs 2500 crore. The state government is yet to receive Rs 1000 crore more from the Centre under MGNREGS", he said.

Rahaman had criticised the Centre yesterday for its delay in releasing the fund under MGNREGS.

Rahaman also spoke with Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee who had assured him to look into the matter.

Meanwhile, Rahaman demanded that the Centre set up a National Institute of Panchayati Raj in West Bengal in line with the National Institute of Rural Development in Hyderabad.

A proposal in this regard has already been sent to the Centre for setting up the institute, Rahaman said adding the state was ready to give land required for the purpose for free of cost at Kalyani in Nadia district.

Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee also wrote a letter to the Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in this regard, he said.

Rahaman said such an institute will provide facilities with research, planning and training programmes.


First Published: Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 22:17

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