West Bengal Finance minister Amit Mitra said that the state was better off in major macro parameters when compared to those pertaining to the country. “West Bengal did better than the national average in terms of GVA, gross capital formation during 2015-16”, Mitra said at an Assocham seminar here today. Agricultural, industrial and services sectors in West Bengal grew at a faster pace than the national average, he said, adding that it only showed the positive environment prevailing in the state. The state had also added to human capital through skill development, he said. The state was laying stress on building rural roads which had already become a game changer in the last assembly elections, Mitra said.
The government had also put in Rs 700 crore ADB fund into building state highways through the PPP route. For that studies on traffic density for tolling purposes were being carried out at the moment, he said. Criticising the Centre for not deferring the GST launch as demanded by the state, Mitra said “now issues are cropping up each day. The GSTN could not take the load of such huge uploads. And the beta tests even failed”, he said.