Alleging that the Fourth State Finance Commission continued past its five-year tenure in violation of the Constitution, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday mentioned members of the panel are “liable to return wage” and “all expenses need to be recovered as public money cannot be so squandered”.
He additionally claimed the SFC didn’t make suggestions to the governor since 2014, which, he described as “collapse of constitutional mechanism”.
“SFC under constitution is for five years. Fourth SFC @MamataOfficial continued beyond in violation of Constitution. Chairman and Members are liable to return salary and perks to State and all expenses need to be recovered from concerned as Public money cannot be so squandered,” he mentioned on Twitter.
However, Abhirup Sarkar, the chairman of the Fourth State Finance Commission, advised PTI that the members of the panel didn’t obtain any payment after submitting their report back to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in February 2016.
The fourth SFC was constituted by the West Bengal authorities in April 2013.
Asked in regards to the allegation, Sarkar mentioned, “There have been three part-time members of the fee. They used to get sitting charges for his or her conferences. We haven’t obtained any cash after submitting our report in February 2016. No new SFC has been fashioned but.”
Notably, Dhankhar and Mamata Banerjee’s TMC government have been at loggerheads ever since he assumed office in 2019.
“State Finance Commission (SFC) @MamataOfficial under Articles 243-I & 243Y, is required to make recommendations to Governor that are to be laid before the Legislature of the State. What a collapse of constitutional mechanism, since 2014 not a single recommendation to Governor,” Dhakhar mentioned on the microblogging web site.
He additionally mentioned, “Recommendations to Governor are for ideas that ought to govern the distribution between state and panchayats/municipalities of web proceeds of taxes, duties, tolls and costs leviable @MamataOfficial, which can be divided and allotted between state and panchayats/municipalities.”