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West Bengal’s debt at Rs.82,000 crore: Minister

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Kolkata: The cumulative borrowings of West Bengal stand at Rs.82,000 crore since the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress came to power in May 2011, state Finance Minister Amit Mitra said here on Friday.

However, he said the state’s effective borrowing is Rs.6,000 crore as from the total outstanding amount, Rs.76,000 crore has been used up for repayments and interest pay outs.

“It (the debt burden) is a legacy of the erstwhile government that we have to deal with,” he said during the FICCI Banking Conclave.

Last year, the state government had made the interest payout along with partial loan repayment to the tune of Rs.28,000 crore.

Mitra, however said investments in the state are scaling up and already Rs. 88,000 crore has already been invested or is in the process.

The former secretary general of industry body FICCI also highlighted the improvement in the state’s work culture.

“On the day of the last shutdown in the state, we had 94 percent attendance while it is 80 percent on normal days,” he said.

The state government had made attendance compulsory in its offices following a shutdown call on August 18 by the Congress.

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Delhi CM lays foundation for new block at LNJP Hospital, hails corona warriors

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday laid the foundation stone of a 1,500 bed new wing at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital, in a step towards providing high-quality healthcare amenities in the national capital.

The Delhi government’s target is to complete the project in 2.5 years to make the LNJP one of the biggest hospitals in the nation with a modular design and modern medical infrastructure.

Coming up in a 25 floor structure, this new wing will be the tallest building in the country and offer the best health care available under one roof, a statement said.

 

This fully air-conditioned, state of the art building will house 1,500 beds. This new wing at LNJP is estimate to cost Rs 462 crore, with per bed costing around Rs 30 lakh.

At the event, Kejriwal said with the additional 1,500 beds, LNJP Hospital’s overall capacity will rise to 3,800 beds.

Noting other governments spend Rs 1-1.5 crore per bed, he said that he believes in smart spending and effective utilisation of public funds.

“In the last five years, it has been of utmost importance that we improve the living standards of the people of Delhi. The AAP government has completed projects on time and saved cost as well which is then further utilised for the betterment of the city.

“Delhi government is the only government which has given ex gratia of Rs 1 crore to all those who sacrificed their lives during Covid-19 pandemic. We can’t bring back the heroes but we can help them in whatever way possible,” he said.

Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the building will have three main departments, a new medical block, new maternity wing and an advanced paediatric department.

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