Mamata demands special CAG audit for West Bengal

The West Bengal CM has demanded a special audit of expenditure in the state for the current fiscal.

New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday demanded a special audit of expenditure in the state for the current fiscal and said the system there has totally collapsed due to "35 years of misrule of the Left Front government".

"We will request the CAG to do a special audit in the state," she said after meeting Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee here. Banerjee along with state finance Minister
Amit Mitra discussed with Mukherjee the financial situation in West Bengal.

She claimed that during the vote of account this year they (Left Front) borrowed about 17,000 crore and out of that just in two months they withdrew Rs 9,000 crore.

"So how the state government will run for the next 10 months in Rs 8,000 crore," she asked.

Describing the situation in the state as "horrible and terrible", she said, "We met the Finance Minister and discussed it in detail."

"We will go for special audit for Bengal for this financial year. Though I am not vindictive but the system has totally collapsed there. For 35 years only the political system was working. The financial and administrative system was totally collapsed. We have to revive the economy," she said.

About the demand for a white paper on the financial condition, she said, "The Finance Minister of the state will bring out a white paper on the financial situation in the state."

Attacking the Left Front rule, she said, "For the last 35 years there has been no change in Bengal because of one-party rule there. That is why the situation is so bad.... Rs two lakh three thousand crore is the debt."

The Chief Minister said there was a freeze on many public welfare schemes

"Since November, the senior citizens pension scheme, widow pension scheme and the scheme for the handicapped persons all are being stopped. There is an embargo on these schemes. The Rs 2 a kg rice in the BPL card scheme is also stopped," she said.

"After we came into power we first removed these embargoes. But it is very difficult to carry on like this."

However, she said, "We are now giving Rs 2 a kg rice in the jungle mahal area."

Elaborating the situation, the new CM said, "The primary health condition is bad, school buildings may collapse any time. From industry to agriculture to health the situation is same. Development has stopped. There was no development or activities here in the last 35 years."

Asked whether she wants any special package, she said, "No special package. We do not want any undue advantage but whatever we deserved we want that."

She said the Finance Minister has assured that he would discuss the issue with the Prime Minister.


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