• The Center has given West Bengal a special package of 8,750 crore rupees for development of backward region of the state. 

  • The package is proposed to be implemented in the state's backward areas affected by Naxalism, including Jungle Mahal area, which comprises West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura.      

  • The package is expected to cover aspects like rural employment, safe drinking water, watershed and rural road construction.        

  • The state has been facing financial crunch as its debt stock, according to the state finances report of the Reserve Bank, was 1.9 lakh crore rupees.