Bengal has outperformed, outgrown India in 2012-13: Mamata

Kolkata, May 19 (IANS) On the eve of completing two years in office, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Sunday claimed that West Bengal outperformed and outgrew the nation during 2012-13.

“In 2012-13, Bengal outperformed the national average in key performance indicators. In GDP, agriculture, and allied sectors, industry and services, the state grew faster than India.

“While India grew by 4.96 percent, 1.79 percent, 3.12 percent, and 6.59 percent, Bengal clinched 7.6 percent, 2.56 percent, 6.24 percent and 9.48 percent growth rates in these sectors,” Banerjee said on a social networking site.

Banerjee also claimed the year’s revenue collection of Rs.32,000 crore was a record 30 percent higher than the previous year.

“In MNREGA (100-days work), we are No.1 in the country in terms of expenditure (107 percent) vis-a-vis funds received in 2012-13,” asserted Banerjee adding “Bengal was numero uno in Boro cultivation in the country”.

Among the other achievements enumerated by Banerjee include “elimination of strikes and poor work culture, extending government support across all sections of the society including women, children and the minority communities”.

Banerjee credited the people for their “inspiration and unstinted support” which enabled her government to “perform well” despite “inheriting the legacies of 34 years of the erstwhile Left Front rule”.

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