Amit Mitra likely to be retained as advisor to the Finance department


Calcutta, October 29 (IANS) West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra, whose term is expected to end in the second week of November, is expected to be retained as an adviser with the status and power of a minister fulltime.

He has successfully headed the Finance Department since the Mamata Banerjee came to power in 2011.

Mitra, one of Mamata Banerjee’s most trusted men in the state cabinet, did not compete in the Assembly elections this year due to his deteriorating health, but has was appointed Minister of Finance.

According to the Constitution, Mitra can keep the portfolio for six months but will have to be elected during this period if he is to continue.

Despite repeated demands from the party, he decided to stay away from polling politics. He will end his term in the second week of November.

Although Mitra has decided to quit electoral politics, he has expressed his willingness to contribute to the state and to the party if the chief minister wishes.

“The Chief Minister depends heavily on the Minister of Finance and wants him to take responsibility for the finances of the state even if he does not remain as Minister. On that condition, separate arrangements will be made so that it can continue to make financial decisions for the state, “a senior cabinet official said.

For 11 years, Mitra has successfully managed the state finances. The state has successfully implemented several social programs under its financial leadership.

Although there has been an increase in debt, there is no doubt that the social projects launched so far have benefited the majority of the population. Mamata’s confidence in Mitra was boosted due to her ability to deal with the state’s financial crisis, debt repayment, huge allocations to social projects, and day-to-day management of the economy.

According to high-level sources in the finance department, the chief minister wants Mitra to continue as an adviser to the finance department.

Sources also indicated that Mitra has mainly consented to the proposal to continue as an adviser to the finance ministry where he will enjoy the status and power of a full-time minister.

“So far it has been decided that the Chief Minister will keep the Ministry of Finance with her and Chandrima Bhattacharya, who is Minister of State for Health, will assume responsibility for the Ministry of Finance as Minister of State. “said a senior official said a finance ministry official.

Chandrima had already been sent on behalf of the state in place of Mishra at the GST Council meeting. According to officials, Mamata Banerjee and Amit Mitra were happy with his performance.

An official from the Ministry of Finance said: “Chandrima’s relationship with Mitra is fluid, even in terms of work. Before going to the GST meeting, she discussed the matter several times with the Minister of Finance and does what the state asked him to do “.


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