Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is slated to meet Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday to discuss the financial condition of the state. State Finance Minister Amit Mitra along with other senior leaders will remain present in the meeting.

Mukherjee said that a meeting will be held on Sunday to discuss the current financial situation of the state. He stated, “Unless and until we hold a meeting how we will know the financial state of West Bengal? The Central Government will extend all possible help to the state.”

Banjeree had earlier said Left Front government gave her a financially bankrupt state but the employees will not face any problem due to this because the government has three months’ salary in the state exchequer. She confirmed that the teachers will get their salary on the June 1.

West Bengal has inherited Rs 2 lakh crore debt burden from the former Left Front government.

Dipankar Dasgupta, Specialist in economic matters says, “It is an important responsibility to give salary on time but at the same time there should be enough fund with the state government to meet the requirement of CM’s announcements.”
 
Maoists ready to hold talks with Mamata

Hailing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s move to return 400 acres of land to farmers, Maoists on Saturday said that they are ready to consider the offer for dialogues with the state government.

“Banerjee said she was ready to hold discussion to sort out problems in Junglemahal, but she did not speak about specific plans,” West Bengal State committee members of Communist Party of India (Maoist) Bikram and Bikas said in a faxed statement here.

They asked the CM to formulate developmental plans for the poor villagers living in the mountain and forest regions so that they may get basic services.

They appealed to the CM to withdraw Central Security forces and police from Junglemahal area and asked the government to stop the movement to suppress Maoists.

 

(JPN/Bureau)