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Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met Prime Minister Narendra Modi this evening and pressed for immediate release of pending dues to Bengal under several Central schemes, which her government has been demanding for long. "I request for urgent release of funds due to state for implementation of schemes including MGNREGA, PM Awas Yojna & PM Gramin Sadak Yojna... Dues from central government on these schemes amount to about ₹ 17996 crore," read the letter she submitted to PM



Modi.

"Substantial amount on account of many developments and welfare schemes... estimated to be around ₹ 1,00,968.44 crore is also due... With such large amount remaining outstanding, state is facing extreme difficulty to run affairs and take care of people of state," added the letter, reported news agency ANI.

Bengal has frequently accused the BJP-ruled Centre of delaying GST dues to states, especially the ones ruled by the opposition.
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