Mamata to attend meet called by PM Modi on Dec 5

Wednesday 23rd November 2022 05:36 EST

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will attend a meeting convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 5 with chief ministers of all states to discuss the preparatory process for the country hosting the G20 Summit in 2023.

According to state secretariat sources, the chief minister might use the opportunity of her visit to New Delhi to have a separate meeting with the Prime Minister on the occasion, where she can again raise the demands on the pending central dues to the West Bengal government. However, no confirmation has reached the state secretariat as yet on whether the separate meeting will happen or not.

Few months back, Mamata went to New Delhi, had a separate meeting with her counterpart Arvind Kejriwal and requested him to clear the pending central dues under two heads namely state' share in goods & services tax and pending funds under Mahatma Gand-hi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).

Although in the meantime, the Centre has released funds under centrally-sponsored schemes, the state's dues on account of MGNREGA are still pending. Recently, at a public meeting, the chief minister also aired his grievance in this matter and questioned whether she will now have to touch the feet of the Prime Minister for the pending central funds.

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