Bhagabanpur (WB): The World Bank will provide a financial assistance of Rs 1,250 crore for minor irrigation schemes in West Bengal to help the state raise farm sector output, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said here on Friday.

He also noted that not much work was done in West Bengal for undertaking minor irrigation projects and the state's foodgrain production has suffered due to this.

"The World Bank will provide aid for Rs 1,250 crore for minor irrigation projects in the state," Mukherjee said at the launch of the flood control project of the Keleghai, Baghai and Kopaleswhari rivers in East Midnapore district here.

He said the flood control measures of the three rivers of Keleghai, Kopaleshwari and Baghai would cost Rs 650 crore.

"The Centre will provide 75 percent of the cost and the state the rest. The project will be completed in three years," he said.

Praising West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for coming forward to find a permanent solution to floods in the area, Mukherjee said aspirations of the people living in 10/12 blocks in East and West Midnapore districts were not met in the past.

"During monsoon, people residing in the area are affected by floods every year. In the 2010-11 Budget when Banerjee was the railway minister and Bengal was in the cusp of a political change, I had announced that prevention of erosion of major rivers like Keleghai-Kopaleshwari and Padma-Ganga will be taken up as a national programme", he said.