TMC to bring resolution against farm bills in West Bengal assembly – kolkata

The ruling Trinamool Congress will bring a resolution on the West Bengal legislative assembly against the three contentious farm bills, social gathering supremo and chief minister Mamata Banerjee stated on Monday.

“We would hold the assembly session for one or two days and there we would bring a resolution to withdraw the farm bills. We would try so that the resolution is passed unanimously. I know the BJP will not support it. But I expect other parties would support,” Banerjee stated.

Banerjee had earlier lent her help to the farmers and had even despatched a workforce of MPs to meet the protesting farmers at Singhu border. Over the cellphone, she even spoke to farmers protesting in Delhi against the Centre’s new agriculture legal guidelines.

Meanwhile, the tussle between the centre and the state over launch of funds below the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi program to farmers in West Bengal continued.

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Banerjee alleged that the centre is depriving the farmers of West Bengal by not sending funds below the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi program.

Under the scheme, an revenue help of Rs 6,000 per yr in three equal instalments is offered to small and marginal farmer households having mixed landholding or possession of up to 2 hectares.

“I had urged the centre to send the money to the state government so that we could distribute it to the farmers. But they want to send it directly bypassing the state. I called the Union agriculture minister a few days ago and asked him why the centre does not believe in the state government,” she stated.

Earlier, the BJP had hit out on the TMC after the Calcutta High Court had directed the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India to carry out an audit of the distribution of reduction supplies and compensation in the aftermath of cyclone Amphan that hit West Bengal in May final yr. Alleged nepotism and malpractice by the TMC panchayat leaders concerned in the distribution of compensation had was a difficulty in ballot-certain West Bengal. The state had later moved the Supreme Court against the order.

BJP leaders had earlier alleged that the Mamata Banerjee administration was not permitting the centre to ship funds straight to farmers as it might stop the state and TMC leaders from siphoning off cash.

On November 6, the centre had knowledgeable the Mamata Banerjee administration that round 21.7 lakh farmers from West Bengal had enrolled themselves for the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi program in the union authorities’s portal and that the state authorities was but to full the verification course of.

“I want the farmers to get the funds and so we have already written to the Union government to share the details of the farmers who have enrolled themselves, so that the state can start the verification process,” stated Banerjee.

BJP leaders in the state have hit again saying that the CM was presenting issues in a fallacious method.

“The Centre had repeatedly asked the state to provide the names of farmers and their bank accounts. The state didn’t send. Union home minister, during his visit to the state, had said that if the state sends the data, the Centre would immediately release the funds. The centre had sent funds after cyclone Amphan had hit the state. What happened to that money?” stated Jaiprakash Majumdar, BJP’s state vice chairman.

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West Bengal Assembly Election 2021: Congress to ally with Left parties – kolkata

The Congress on Thursday formally introduced its tie-up with the Left parties for the upcoming meeting elections in West Bengal.

West Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury tweeted the announcement.

“Today the Congress high command has formally approved the electoral alliance with the Left parties in the impending election of West Bengal,” he tweeted.

West Bengal, alongside with Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry, will go to polls in March-April subsequent yr.

The central committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) had in October authorized the West Bengal unit’s choice to have an electoral understanding with all secular parties, together with the Congress, within the upcoming meeting elections.

The CPI(M) polit bureau had given its go-forward to the transfer however had left the ultimate choice to the central committee.

In the 2016 elections, the central committee of the CPI(M) had rejected the West Bengal unit’s choice to have a tactical seat-sharing understanding with the Congress. In the following elections, the Congress gained 44 seats and the Left Front ended up with simply 32.

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Mamata Banerjee to spend additional Rs 8,700 cr on development before assembly polls – kolkata

The West Bengal authorities has elevated its expenditure on social welfare and development schemes by an additional Rs 8,700 crore, chief minister Mamata Banerjee introduced on Monday afternoon.

“The government spent Rs 20,212 crore in 2020-21 on development expenditure apart from the beneficiary schemes. But after witnessing the demand for such schemes at the camps being held for the ‘duware sarkar’ (government at the doorstep) programme, we have decided to release an additional Rs 8,700 crore over the next one month,” Banerjee mentioned at a press convention on the state secretariat.

The cash, she mentioned, will likely be allotted to varied departments, starting from panchayat to well being.

In the final monetary yr, the overall expenditure on beneficiary schemes was Rs 15,000 crore however within the present fiscal it has gone up to Rs 24,255 crore, she mentioned.

Banerjee mentioned, “The ‘duware sarkar’ programme, which started on December 1, will continue till January 25. In all, 20,000 camps will be held in four phases. It’s a new model in India and the world.”

“Senior bureaucrats, nodal officers and volunteers are working till midnight every day. Because of their hard work, 1.12 crore people have attended 11,056 camps till December 20. This is commendable,” mentioned Banerjee.

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“This is a unique project. For example, out of 7.14 lakh applications we received for the Khadya Sathi (food security) programme, 3.18 lakh people have already been included. For the Swasthya Sathi (healthcare programme) 27.13 lakh applications out of 42 lakh applications have been approved,” mentioned the chief minister.

Similar work is being executed to assist individuals underneath schemes akin to pension for farmers, pension for tribal individuals and stipend for the handicapped, woman college students, intercourse employees, Anganwadi employees, people artists and even members of the third gender and the LGBT neighborhood.

“The volunteers working at these camps will be also given a tiffin allowance of Rs 5,000 each for two months, in addition to a certificate of recognition,” introduced the chief minister.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was fast to react.

“The chief minister’s announcement made it clear that she treats people only as vote bank. The TMC government does not have a human face. It works only for political benefits,” mentioned Samik Bhattacharya, chief spokesperson of the BJP state unit.

Bhattacharya additionally questioned the info dished out by the federal government, saying the statistics on the state’s healthcare scheme don’t match with the bottom actuality one notices at hospitals.

“The state’s debt burden now stands at almost Rs 4,90,000 crore. That is something the next government will have to face,” mentioned Bhattacharya,

“Duware sarkar will become a global model for its failure,” he quipped.

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar too known as a press convention and questioned the state authorities’s refusal to implement Central welfare schemes.

“In spite of writing letters to the government asking why are farmers in Bengal being deprived of the annual sum of Rs 8,000 that the Centre gives, the government didn’t reply,” mentioned Dhankhar.

“After this, the chief minister wrote to the Union agriculture minister. I was shocked to read it. She wrote that this money should be given to the state government. Why should that be done when the beneficiaries are getting the money directly in their accounts across the country?” mentioned Dhankhar.

Incidentally, Banerjee mentioned that on Monday she wrote one other letter to the Union agriculture minister making the identical request. “The state is the implementing authority for all Central schemes. We will give this money to farmers. Why should the BJP reap political benefits?” she informed reporters on the secretariat.

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Bengal may follow Bihar-model to hold assembly polls amid pandemic – kolkata

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has expressed concern over the current legislation and order scenario in some districts of West Bengal even because it hinted that the state assembly polls could be held following the Bihar mannequin.

Assembly elections in Bihar had been held in November when the Covid-19 pandemic was nonetheless raging.

“Deputy election commissioner Sudeep Jain held a meeting with senior IAS and IPS officers of the state, including the district magistrates and superintendents of police of some districts to take stock. The Chief Electoral Officer of Bihar HR Srinivasa also addressed the meeting and shared the state’s experience on how elections were held during the pandemic,” mentioned a senior ballot panel official.

The ECI workforce, led by Jain, is probably going to go to north Bengal on Friday to work together with district officers. Officials mentioned that the workforce has expressed concern over the legislation and order scenario and has requested the state administration to guarantee free and truthful elections.

“The team was concerned about the law and order situation in some districts. The police have been asked to strictly tackle any untoward incidents and ensure that free and fair elections could be held,” mentioned a ballot panel official who attended the assembly.

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“It is only after the team returns to Delhi and submit their report that we are expecting the full bench of the ECI sometime in January,” mentioned a senior ballot panel official.

Earlier this week, a BJP delegation from West Bengal met chief election commissioner Sunil Arora in New Delhi, requesting early deployment of Central police forces and enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) to keep away from widespread political violence through the marketing campaign interval.

The state’s ruling Trinamool Congress, nonetheless, has rubbished the fears, saying that the BJP is afraid of the TMC’s affect amongst voters.

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Mukul Roy says TMC will not get even 100 seats in 2021 Bengal assembly elections – india news

BJP nationwide vice-president Mukul Roy claimed on Tuesday that TMC will not get even 100 seats out of the overall 294 in the West Bengal assembly polls in 2021.

He stated all those that are maintaining themselves away from BJP due to misunderstandings have to be satisfied to return to its fold.

“With responsibility I am saying that TMC will not even cross the 100 seat mark in the coming state poll,” he instructed a gathering of BJP employees at Shimurali in Nadia district.

“Ask TMC to say how many seat they are going to win,” he stated.

Asking social gathering employees to persuade those that have been staying away from the social gathering because of misunderstanding, Roy stated “This is not the time for ego. There is big and strong fight before us and we have to win as Amit Shah Ji wants at least 200 seats in Bengal to turn it into Sonar Bangla and push TMC to the bottom like CPI-M.” Criticising Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, he stated that earlier she did not sit with wealthy individuals however now she does simply that.

He hit out on the state authorities for the ability charges in West Bengal, which she stated is the best in the nation.

Roy, who was earlier a outstanding chief of the ruling Trinamool Congress, criticised the Mamata Banerjee authorities for misusing funds given by the Centre publish Cyclone Amphan.

“In two phases Modi handed over Rs 3400 crore to the Bengal government for Amphan effected people. But the poor people remained in the same plight”, Roy iterated.

Union dwelling minister Amit Shah will arrive in Bengal later this week and tackle two rallies on December 19 and 20, he added.

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