CM Bhupesh Baghel writes letter to union finance min, demands center to pay grants and compensation amount soon

CM Bhupesh Baghel writes letter to union finance min, demands center to pay grants and compensation amount soon

Raipur: Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel has written a letter to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman asking funds for state demanding grants and compensation from the center.

In his letter, the chief minister said that there has been a big reduction in the income of the state due to Covid. Money is needed for the welfare schemes being run for the people. Therefore, the funds from the Center should be continued.

Mentioning that some funds are yet to be released from the center, the chief minister has demanded to release them at the earliest.

Baghel has mentioned the revenue deficit grant in this letter. He said that due to the discrepancies of Covid and GST, there has been a decrease in revenue for the state. After the implementation of GST, the states have lost revenue, only by June 2022; the Center will give a grant in return. We want this to be continued for 5 years even after June 2022.

He further stated that after the cancellation of 215 coal mines, penalty was given by the companies at the rate of Rs 295 per tonne to the central government. The chief minister has demanded in his letter that this amount should be given to the states, due to which Chhattisgarh will get about Rs 4.140 crores. He said that the amount should be released soon.

The chief minister has demanded permission to make bio fuel from paddy soon, buy 24 lakh metric tons of rice from Chhattisgarh, reduce the cess in petrol diesel, and increase the share of schemes from the center.