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Newsmen Bureau

Kolkata, 29 September: WEST Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called on Union finance minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on Tuesday to demand release of funds to Bengal but failed to yield a commitment.

Banerjee who had reached New Delhi on a three-day tour on Monday evening, called on Jaitley at finance ministry’s North Block office on Tuesday afternoon.

Emerging out of the meeting, Banerjee told reporters that she has reiterated the issue of cut in Central allocation in schemes like integrated child development scheme (ICDS), mid-day meal etc and has urged the Union finance minister to release compensatory funds to Bengal for this.

“I have met them (Central ministers) several times in the past over similar issues and every time they assure to look into the demands,” she said informing that Jaitley has made a similar gesture in today’s meeting but there was no specific commitment.

“I had met the Prime Minister and had demanded Rs 21,000 crore towards flood rehabilitation in Bengal. But we have not got a single penny on this from the Centre yet,” the Bengal Chief Minister said.

West Bengal had faced a major flood in July end to early August this year and 12 of its 21 districts were affected with severe damages caused to roads, bridges, dwellings and crops.

In the evening Banerjee called on President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan and handed over to him a CD containing the digitised copies of 64 Intelligence files on Netaji that the Bengal government declassified on 18 September.

The Bengal Chief Minister will Wednesday take part in a seminar on co-operative federalism being organised by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in New Delhi. She is scheduled to fly back to Kolkata on Wednesday night.

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