Mamata writes to PM Modi to ensure immediate release of due fund

Kolkata, (| West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to ensure that the fund legitimately due to the state be immediately released in the interest of poor people of the state.  In a letter to the PM, Banerjee expressed shock and pointed out that the report of the Comptroller & Auditor General of India (CAG) was “erroneous and misleading”.

“In the State Finance Audit Report for 2020-21 of the CAG it has been reported that there is delay in the submission of Utilisation Certificates of Rs 2,29,099 crore since 2002-03 to 2020-21, ” the letter said at the outset.”However, on scrutiny, it is found that the concerned departments of the state had submitted utilisation certificates on time to the respective ministries of Centre in the prescribed format against the allocations/sanctions made under different schemes by the Government of India, ” the letter mentioned.

The CM said the Centre on being satisfied with the utilisation certificates the subsequent allocations were made from time to time under various schemes. “The sanction orders issued by various ministries clearly state that there are no pending utilisation certificates of the preceding periods, ” Banerjee clarified.

She expressed shock that the institution like CAG could make such observations without verifying the reports and catering misleading information against her government. “Considering the seriousness and gravity of this matter, I would request you (PM) to intervene and ensure that the fund legitimately due to the state be immediately released in the interest of the poor people. “

Banerjee on Friday noon began her two-day dharna to protest the alleged withhold of the state’s dues by the Centre. The issue is that the Centre allegedly withholding the dues, particularly under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).(UNI)