West Bengal looking for centre’s assistance to release Dearness Allowance before ‘Durga Puja’
Stuck in a financial crisis, the new government is not in a position to fulfil its non-plan commitments. "Development plans can be made only after the PM gives us specific assurance about the fund release," a senior Cabinet minister said, adding the government can’t even foot the dearness allowance bills that state employees will be expecting ahead of the Pujas. With a low revenue flow till September, the government can’t plan a full-fledged budget and is mulling the vote-on-account route yet again.
The deprived state Govt. employees are already behind 16% point of D.A. in comparison to their central counterparts. Another 7% is going to be added to the central employees w.e.f 01.07.11, making the difference wider.
P.M. Manmohan Singh will meet Mamata Banerjee during his visit to Kolkata on August 21 to pacify her over the promised financial bailout package to Bengal that is still awaited. Singh has agreed to do the troubleshooting at a stage when the party’s most experienced negotiator, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee has hit a stumbling block over doling out funds to Bengal, which is yet to carve out its own revenue growth path.
The PM will be in the city on August 21 as guest to the state’s three premier academic institutions – Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, IIM Joka and IIT Kharagpur. The same evening, he will meet Mamata at Raj Bhavan.
[With inputs from Times of India]
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