Pranab to speak to Chidambaram

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said he would speak to the Home Minister regarding Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee`s request to include Bankura and Purulia in the list of Maoist-hit districts in West Bengal.

Kolkata: Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee
on Sunday said he would speak to the Home Minister regarding Chief
Minister Mamata Banerjee`s request to include Bankura and
Purulia in the list of Maoist-hit districts in West Bengal`s
Jangalmahal, which receives special funds.

"Special economic packages are being given to Left
extremism-affected districts in different states. West Bengal
Chief Minister has requested that such funding be extended to
two more districts in addition to West Midnapore where it was
being given at present," Mukherjee told reporters.

Speaking on the sidelines of a review meeting with chief
commissioners of customs, central excise, service tax and
income tax here, he said he would take up Banerjee`s request
with Home Minister P Chidambaram.

PTI

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