Kolkata: Concerned over the chinks in its relationship with major ally Trinamool Congress after the stand-off over the Teesta water agreement and special financial package to West Bengal, the Central government is making all efforts to break the ice with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

As per sources, the Prime Minister is concerned over the stalemate as the TMC supremo is also not in good terms with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee off late.

Some eminent Congress leaders are making efforts to organise a meeting between the Finance Minister and Mamata. Pranab Mukherjee has been keen on clearing differences with her and is expected to meet her at Writers’ Building once he returns from his foreign visit on October 15.

On directions from the Prime Minister himself, Union Rural Minister Jairam Ramesh and Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma have assured Mamata of every possible financial aid to the state by the Centre. As an appeasement policy, the Prime Minister has approved Rs 120 crore help for the state.

Moreover, on his instructions, Jairam Ramesh is also exploring possibilities to channelize more funds from the World Bank for the state’s rural development.

It is noteworthy that the rift widened between Mamata and the Centre after she occupied the Chief Minister’s office. She boycotted the Chief Ministers’ convention and Finance Minister Amit Mitra instead represented the state on her behalf on several other official functions.

Now, the Prime Minister has requested Mamata to ensure her presence at the National Development Council meeting to be held next week. According to the Trinamool sources, Mamata is expected to give in to the demand.

JPN/Bureau