Union Panchayati Raj minister Narendra Singh Tomar has called a meeting with panchayat ministers of all states on 28 January to review development work throughout the country.

The state government is supposed to get Rs 400 crore under Mahatma Gandi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme from the Centre, said state panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee. Senior state government officials will place the demand for speedy disbursement of the due at the meeting, Mr Mukherjee said.

Mr Mukherje, however, cannot join the meeting as chief minister Mamata Banerjee has requested him to be  present at an administrative meeting of the state, a senior official, panchayat and rural development department, said.

Last year Bengal ranked top in work under MGNREGA scheme, despite the Centre dilly-dallying to disburse the money, Mr Mukherjee said.

The administrative meeting is scheduled to be held at Barasat, North 24-Parganas, on 28 February. Additional chief secretary Sourav Kumar Das is likely to attend the meeting. The Union minister has called the meeting to strengthen panchayat raj system and review the development work in rural areas throughout the country, said a senior official of the panchayat and rural development department.

This as an important meeting before the panchayat poll in May and June in the state. At the meeting, the state government will highlight all major development work and projects, like completion of 23,000-km roads, construction of 25 lakh houses over the past six years and distribution of patta land among three lakh people in the state, initiated by the government over the past six years.