West Bengal’s declare of Rs 98,000 crore dues from Centre unrealistic: Ashok Lahiri

The West Bengal authorities‘s declare that the Centre owes it Rs 98,000 is unrealistic, BJP MLA Ashok Lahiri mentioned on Wednesday. Lahiri, the previous chief financial adviser to the Union authorities, mentioned it’s troublesome to calculate the heads underneath which the funds are being sought by the state authorities.

The Centre releases funds underneath three heads — devolution to states from the divisible pool, grants-in-aid and centrally-sponsored schemes, he mentioned.

Underneath the centrally-sponsored schemes, each the Centre and the states must share the associated fee and if the states don’t pay their very own shares, the central cash shouldn’t be launched, he added.

The Centre releases contemporary funds after the states furnish utilisation certificates for the funds already given, Lahiri mentioned addressing a press convention on the BJP workplace right here.

The state authorities’s declare to that quantity doesn’t maintain good as for the 5 years — 2021 to 2026, the annual quota for all of the states from the divisible pool is round Rs 32,000 crore, he mentioned.

The demand is only unrealistic, he claimed.

Noting that there isn’t a restrict to populism, Lahiri mentioned that states following populist insurance policies will see their funds depleted.

Hitting again, state minister Sashi Panja mentioned the West Bengal authorities was not making the declare over the dues with out correct paperwork.

“We’ve got already supplied a break up of the classes to the Centre. Now, it’s for them to say whether or not they would clear the dues or not,” she instructed PTI.

“Because the BJP failed politically in West Bengal, it’s now attempting to stifle the state financially,” Panja, a senior TMC chief, mentioned.

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