•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee informed that the Government of India has congratulated West Bengal for not only bringing down rapidly the revenue gap in State GST, but also registering a revenue surplus in March, 2018. The revenue gap in Bengal, which was 33.4% in August, 2017 has registered a surplus of 3% by March, 2018, she informed. The performance of the state has been far better than that of the country as a whole. Where Bengal achieved a surplus of 3% in March, 2018, the country as a whole registered a revenue deficit of 17.9% in March, 2018, she stated.

•   Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee informed that the Government of India has acknowledged West Bengal for outstanding work in decentralized planning by Gram Panchayat. She said that she was proud of Bengal Gram Panchayats, Panchayat Samitis and Zilla Parishads and it is the commitment of the State Government to carry forward the development agenda of the people with utmost efforts.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in a statement informed that West Bengal has emerged No.1 in the country in rural employment generation. Under 100 days work scheme, as on 31 March 2018, Bengal has generated 30.98 Crore person-days, which is the highest in the co untry, she informed. Moreover, West Bengal reported expenditure of Rs.8007.56 Crore under this scheme in 2017-18, which is again the highest in the country, she further informed. The Hon’ble Chief Minister stated that in terms of average person-days per household, West Bengal with 59 days in 2017-18, is the best performer among the major states.

•   Reacting to a reply to the Parliament Question raised in the Rajya Sabha today, Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her anguish that at a time, when the farmers in the country are crying and committing suicide for their loan burden and asking for waiver of farmers’ loan, the Government of India has not even considered that. On the contrary, The Hon’ble Chief Minister said, the Government of India has decided to write off Non-Performing Assets of public sector banks to the tune of Rs.2,41,911 crore from the Financial Year 2014-15 till September, 2017. Even in Parliament reply, the Government of India said that the details of credit information by a public sector bank cannot be disclosed, she pointed out. She raised the question as to the need of this confidentiality and demanded immediate disclosure of the complete list of defaulters of public sector banks, whose loans have been written off.
•  Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee informed that despite the adverse effects of demonetisation and hasty implementation of GST on the economy, performance of West Bengal in the financial sector during 2017-18 has significantly improved due to the focused and persistent approach of the State Government. She informed that Plan Expenditure has grown by 16.5% as against our target of 11%, from Rs. 49,609 Crore of 2016-17 to Rs. 57,778.60 Crore in 2017-18. This is 5 times the total plan expenditure of Rs. 11, 837.85 Crore in 2010-11, she pointed out. She also stated that Capital Expenditure has witnessed a growth of nearly 59% from Rs. 12,028.50 Crore in 2016-17 to a record Rs. 19,084.70 Crore in 2017-18. The total capital expenditure in 2010-11 was Rs. 2,225.75 Crore, she informed. Thus, the total capital expenditure in 2017-18 is 8.5 times as compared to 2010-11, she again pointed out. The Hon’ble Chief Minister informed that there has been a significant increase in the states own tax collection. The tax collection in 2017-18 has gone up to Rs. 52,971 Crore as compared to Rs. 45,647 Crore in 2016-17, a gross increase of Rs. 7,300 Crores, she informed. She said that all this has been possible due to the consistent and close monitoring and holding more than 400 Administrative Review Meetings and Public Distribution Programmes at state, district and block levels, by the State Government.