Trinamool MP Derek O’Brien says Centre “owes” Bengal ₹60,000 crore, appeals to other non-BJP state govts to give their figures

"Sham in the name of cooperative federalism", said O'Brien.

Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien on Thursday said that the Union government “owes” West Bengal government ₹60,000 crore. He urged all non-BJP run state governments to put out  corresponding figures in their states too.

“The Union Government OWES Bengal ₹60 thousand crores. Urging all non-BJP State governments to put out their figures too. Expose the sham in the name of ‘cooperative federalism’,” O’Brien wrote on Twitter. He also listed the following the explain:

*Budget 2020-21 Union Govt devolution of Central taxes for Bengal was ₹58,962.55 crore

*Actual devolution received ₹44,737.1 crore

*Received ₹14,225.54 crore less

*In 2019-20, Bengal did not receive devolution amount of ₹11,000 crore

*Yet to receive outstanding amount of ₹33,314 crore for Centrally sponsored schemes

*Deprived of about ₹60,000 crore in total

The Trinamool Congress-run government on Wednesday placed the ₹3,08,727 crore budget for 2021-22 in the West Bengal Assembly – which had welfare schemes, infrastructure, special rebate on stamp duty and amendments in road tax as its main highlights.