Dankuni (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on  Monday raked up the issue of central assistance for her government, saying in the last one year not a single paise had been received by the state.

''Till today since last one year, we did not get a paise (from Centre) forcing us to work under severe financial constraints,'' Mamata said during inauguration of a diesel locomotive component factory.

"My government's annual income is Rs 21,000 crore, while Rs 22,000 crore is being spent on paying loan interests,'' she said.

Despite financial constraints, she said work on development projects, was continuing.

''The state government has distributed seven lakh kisan credit cards and crop insurance covers to farmers from its own coffers'', she said.

The chief minister said that her government had embarked on expeditious implementation of projects the government had announced.

''We are committed to people's welfare and a day will come when Bengal will glitter,'' she said.

Banerjee briefly touched the Singur land issue, saying she has prepared a "Kisan vision" concept for the farmers.

(Agencies)

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