Mamata demands Rs 1,000 crore for Tagore's project

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Kolkata, Nov 6: West Bengal Chief minister Mamata Banerjee asked Rs 1,000 crore from the central government to set up the world's largest Rabindra cultural centre as a part of Rabindranath Tagore's birthday.

Chief Minister was quoted as saying, "I have held discussions with Union Housing and Urban Alleviation Minister Kumari Selja on our plan for a Tagore International Cultural Centre around Rabindra Sadan, Nandan and Academy of Fine Arts complex. We demanded Rs 1,000 crore as central assistance."

She attended the meeting with Kumari Selja and sent the proposal to the central government. A committee was formed which is chaired by Rakhi Sarkar and she was asked to submit a detailed report of the project.

A discussion was held with the union minister for the renovation and restoration of dilapidated Rabindra Bhavans in the districts and Rs 66.5 crore was required for the project. Mamata said HIDCO had implemented the Rabindra Tirtha project at Rajarhat.

Selja had ensured central's help to implement some of the developmental projects under JNNURM in KMDA areas, Rajiv Awas Yojna, Urban Poverty Alleviation programme and projects for development of minorities and economically weaker sections and SC/STs.

Mamata Banerjee was quoted as saying, "We are flexible in our approach so that we can help maximum number of people." Discussions were held to provide shelters to the minorities, poor and backward sections of the state.

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