Kolkata: Owing to the financial crunch, the West Bengal government is unable to pay off the outstanding Dearness Allowance (DA) of the state employees, informed Finance Minister Amit Mitra to the assembly on Wednesday.

He said, despite the financial woes of the state, the government has paid 10 percent of the outstanding DA to the employees. Mitra maintained that once the state comes out of the debt ridden condition, rest of the DA would be cleared.

Pointing out the increase in the state revenue, he said when compared to the same time span of the corresponding period of the last year under the previous Left government, this time round there has been an increase of revenue worth Rs 6,000 crore.

Counting on the achievements of the state, the Minister said that West Bengal is the first state to have started the online system of paying VAT.

Speaking to the media persons, the Minister said, “The state is already burdened with a debt of Rs 2 lakh crore. As a result, Rs 15,000 crore is being paid as interest and Rs 6,000 as repayment of debt.” In addition, the government has also to bear the burden of salary and day to day expense of the government, he added.

“We also have to clear the outstanding bill of Rs 3,500 crore,” Mitra further added.

JPN/ Bureau