New Delhi: In order to expose the scams allegedly perpetrated by the previous Left Front government in West Bengal and to find out the reasons which pushed the state towards financial bankruptcy, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has recommended the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) to conduct a special audit in the state.

Talking to reporters after meeting Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee here on Monday, Mamata said, “Special audit will be conducted by CAG to know the reasons for the battered financial situation of the state. The poor financial situation of the state can be gauged from the fact that the pension of senior citizens, widows and physically challenged persons has been discontinued.”

“The distribution of subsidized grain to the Below Poverty Line families had also been discontinued by the former CM,” she added.

Mamata also hinted at wide scale swindling of funds when she said that the CPM-led government created a record of sorts by spending Centre’s loan worth Rs 17,000 crore in just two months.

Mamata said she has sought the Central government’s assistance to bring the state, which is on the verge of bankruptcy, back on track. “The Centre should not treat West Bengal like other states given its battered financial condition,” she said.

Turning down the question related to grant of special package for the state, the CM said the Centre has been apprised about the financial condition of the state upon which a detailed discussion is yet to be held.

Mamata is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday to discuss the political and economical condition of the state.

On being asked about Lokpal, she said corruption should be eradicated but it is injustice to assume every politician as corrupt. 

JPN/Bureau