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The practice will continue, the official said. In a notification issued by the finance department, all the 32 departments have been asked to give reasons for their inability to spend the funds they were provided with, he said.

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The notification also mentioned the account where the unspent money should be returned, he said. The decision was taken in a recent meeting of senior officials of the finance department, the finance advisor and representatives of the 32 departments, the official said.

Another official of the finance department said, the principal secretary of the state finance department, Hari Krishna Dwivedi has informed all the departments that seeking explanation and asking to return unused funds from various departments would continue in the future.

Did the Mamata Banerjee government finance department west bengal on the decision after the backlash on social media or was it really a fake letter spread with malicious intent?

We decided to find out.

Finance Department, Govt. of West Bengal

Last year, Mamata Banerjee government had courted controversy over the banning of Durga idol immersion during Muharram as the dates for both the events were falling on the same day. Then Mamata had finance department west bengal eat a humble pie when the Calcutta High court snubbed the state government for banning the idol immersion and ordered adequate security arrangement for both the events simultaneously.

Mamta was widely criticised by her opponents for trying to appease the minorities for vote bank politics. Initially, it may look suspicious that what the finance finance department west bengal has to do with declaring a public holiday for whole of the state, but when we checked, we found that due to a rule dating back topublic holidays in West Bengal are indeed declared by the Audit Branch of Finance Department.

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On the website of the Finance department, several such orders for declaring public holidays are available. This particular letter about Eid holiday looks genuine with Biswa-Banga logo of the West Bengal government, reference to the Governor along with the signature of Additional finance department west bengal of Finance, Mr Rajshekhar Bandopadhyay.

But when we spoke to Mr Bandopadhyay, he clarified that this was not his signature. Moreover, he said that he finance department west bengal in the revenue section of the finance department which has nothing to do with declaring public holidays. It is done by the Audit Branch of the Finance department.

We could also see that the Biswa-Banga state government logo is never used in the regular circular or orders, including notifications for holidays.


If finance department west bengal compare the fake notification with the original one present on the government website, we could see other discrepancies too. The notifications issued by the finance department, always had the letter number No starting with "F" which indicates Finance.

In the fake letter, its not so.