In Photo: Mamata Banerjee, Mulayam Singh and Sharad Yadav in the tea meet convened by Sharad Pawar in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo courtesy: @AITCofficial
By Newsmen Bureau
Kolkata, 12 August: WEST BENGAL Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday urged the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to facilitate Rs 21,000 crore aid to Bengal towards rehabilitation and restoration of damages caused by the recent floods in the state.
The Bengal Chief Minister called on the Prime Minister at his 7 Race Course Road residence Wednesday afternoon and handed over a detailed proposal on the rehab and restoration plan.
Miss Banerjee also requested the Prime Minister to convene an “exclusive meeting of Niti Ayog” to discuss the allocation of funds to the states. The meeting should be chaired by the PM and the Chief Ministers of all states should be invited for a wide ranging discussion, she has suggested.
Later addressing a Press conference in New Delhi, the Trinamool chief termed her meeting with the PM as “positive” but said that she would rather wait to “see a positive outcome.” In the same vein she added that Bengal “has not got anything from New Delhi yet as regards the repeated appeal for a financial package.”
The other demands that Miss Banerjee placed before the PM include modernisation of the DVC water reservoir in Bengal to “facilitate increase in catchment area by two lakh cusec water” and release of Rs 3,000 crore funds under the Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF) that has been held back by the Centre.
Interestingly, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal arrived when Miss Banerjee was holding the Press meet and she offered him a sitting beside her.
Later in the evening, Miss Banerjee joined “a meet over tea” hosted by the NCP chief Sharad Pawar. Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh, JDU leader Sharad Yadav and a senior leader from Laloo Prashad’s RJD were present in the meet.