Kolkata: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday assured that the Centre would provide necessary assistance to West Bengal for its development.
"Prime Minister has assured a delegation of Pradesh Congress that the Centre will provide the assistance required for the development of West Bengal at a time when the state is reeling under acute financial crisis," Congress leader and state`s Irrigation Minister Manas Bhuinya told reporters.
A delegation of Congress MPs, MLAs and state leaders called on the Prime Minister at Raj Bhavan this evening.
Bhuinya said the delegation urged Singh to increase the allocation under different heads to the state.
"We told him that the previous Left Front government did nothing to prevent recurrence of floods in last 34 years," he said, adding that the state irrigation department and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would send reports to the Centre about the extent of damage and loss due to the floods.
AICC general secretary Shakeel Ahmed said the Prime Minister had assured the delegation that a central team might be sent to the state, if necessary, to gauge the extent of damage due to floods.
"On the basis of the team`s suggestion, possible central assistance will be given," he quoted the Prime Minister as having assured the delegation.
Ahmed said the delegation informed the Prime Minister that more central funds were required to manage the collapsed economy of the state reeling under a huge debt burden. "The chief minister finds it difficult to manage affairs of the state`s economy."