WB most debt-stressed state: Mamata

Last Updated: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 21:09

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister
Mamata Banerjee on Thursday expressed hope that the Centre would
take steps to treat West Bengal as a most debt-stressed
state and respond to the repeated pleas made to it to resolve
the crisis.

"We are not begging the Centre for assistance. The
Centre should take steps to treat West Bengal as a number one
debt-stressed state," Banerjee told a press conference at
Writers` Buildings.

Referring to the huge burden of Rs 22,000 crore
interest the state was paying to the Centre for the massive
loan taken by the previous Left Front government, she said
"what will we eat if all the money is spent in paying
interest?"

The chief minister said that the union finance
minister has been informed about the financial situation in
the state several times.

"The finance minister has assured to consider. I have
no idea when it will take concrete shape. I hope the Centre
will definitely take steps," she said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 21:09

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