Bengal FM Amit Mitra Denies Sitharaman's Claims, Says State Shared Migrants Data with Centre
Rejecting Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman's claims that West Bengal did not provide data on migrant workers to the Centre, senior state minister Amit Mitra on Monday said the government had sent the required information the day it was sought.
"It is very unfortunate that the Union finance minister is not speaking the truth.
It could be either that she was misinformed or that she was not aware," Mitra, the state finance minister, said at a virtual news conference.
He said the state government had received two letters from the Centre seeking district and block-level data on migrant workers of West Bengal.
The state finance minister also denied that the Centre had given Rs 10,000 crore to the state to fight COVID- 19, as claimed by Sitharaman.