Kolkata: While tabling the Rs 11,165 crore vote-on-account, state Finance Minister Amit Mitra presented the expenditure requirement for August and September, in West Bengal Assembly on Friday.

Mitra said that the new Annual Financial Statement (AFS) has been developed on the basis of preliminary estimates provided by the CAG for 2010-11.

Divulging the details the Finance Minister said that in the new AFS, focus would be laid on social and physical infrastructure, human development and neglected regions of the state.

He further stated that the state has already increased its share by more than Rs 2,200 crore with the view to avail higher quantum of matching funds from the Central Government.

“As per reports of the Planning Commission, 20,000 schools in the state did not have toilets for girl students and 57,000 kitchen shades had not been built for mid-day meals”, he said.

Opposition creates disturbance

While presenting the vote-on-count, the Finance Minister was continuously interrupted by the opposition after which he took a dig at the opposition Left Front members for creating disturbances in the Assembly.

While reading his presentation in Bengali, Mitra was intermitted more than once, which was even protested by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Slamming the opposition in Assembly, Mamata asked the ministers to listen to Mitra’s speech pointing out the fact that he was speaking in Bengali.

After Mitra completed his presentation, PHE Minister Subrata Mukherjee raised a point of order saying the opposition could never raise any point of order during the presentation of vote-on-account in the House.

Bengal budget goes green

With the change of government after 34 years in West Bengal, green colour has replaced the white and burgundy budget publications in the state Assembly.

Cover pages of all the publications relating to detailed demands for grants for 2011-12 have been printed in green ink and distributed among the MLAs after the state Finance minister Amit Mitra tabled the vote-on-account.

There have been Bengali sub-titles under the English titles on the cover pages of the budget publications for all the departments with the Trinamool Congress in power.

Even the cover page of the financial statement by the Finance minister is printed in green letters.

(JPN/Bureau/Agencies)