Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister
Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said that the common people had not been burdened in the budget and the government would not do so.
"In the budget presented yesterday, we have not
burdened the common people. Our government will not impose any burden so long it is not needed," Banerjee said at the inauguration of the Nagerbazar flyover in Dum Dum in the metropolis.
"When we find it is absolutely not possible, then we
will seek alms from the people," the chief minister said.
She said that the state government had to pay Rs
22,000 crore to the Centre towards interest payments and debt servicing.
In spite of that, salaries of teachers and government
employees were not stopped for a single month since the party came to power in May, she said.
Banerjee said "Bengal was in number one position, but
after 35 years of Left Front rule, the state has slipped."
Taking a dig at the CPI(M), she said that the
government would not tolerate any attempt to stall the
development process in the state.
The 1.66 kilometre-long flyover was built by HRBC at
a cost of Rs 160 crore.