The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Sunday appealed to the centre to clear its dues to West Bengal, claiming that the Union authorities owes Rs 53,000 crore to the state beneath completely different heads.
The celebration additionally demanded that the cash saved by suspending the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) fund for 2 years be given on to migrant staff of their financial institution accounts.
Addressing the media by way of video hyperlink on Sunday, celebration’s nationwide spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member, Derek O’Brien mentioned the centre’s previous dues to the state stands at a whopping Rs 53,000 cr: Rs 36,000 crore on account of centrally-supported schemes, Rs 11,000 crore as devolution of funds, Rs 3,000 crore in unpaid subsidies for meals, and Rs 3,000 crore from April-May GST dues.
“The total damage due to (cyclone) Amphan is estimated to be Rs 1,02,000 crore. The centre gave Rs 1,000 crore only. What about the balance Rs 1.1 lakh crore? The state has spent Rs 1,200 crore on fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The centre has given Rs 144 crore under the National Health Mission and Rs 250 crore under the SDRF. What about the remaining Rs 806 crore?,” he requested.
Alleging that the financial package deal introduced lately by the centre was “empty” and the reforms “hollow”, he mentioned Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s assertion that the FRBM (Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management) restrict has been raised from Three per cent to five per cent was “incorrect”.
“It is incorrect. FRBM has been unconditionally raised from 3% to 3.5%, an increase of just 0.5%. For the other 1.5%, certain conditions have to be met. In the present circumstances, it looks near-impossible for any state to fulfil these conditions,” he mentioned.
He additionally mentioned that no help has been offered to the unorganised sector within the package deal introduced by the centre.
He urged the federal government to switch the cash saved via the discontinuation of the MPLADS funds to the financial institution accounts of migrant staff.
“The centre stopped MPLADS funds for two years, that is a saving of around Rs 8,000 crore. Put Rs 10,000 each in the bank accounts of 80 lakh workers in the unorganised sector,” he mentioned.