Bengal has blocked greater than 80 Central schemes: Amit Shah

Shubhadeep Choudhury

Tribune News Service

Kolkata, November 5

BJP leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said more than 80 welfare schemes meant for the marginalised sections had been blocked in West Bengal by the Mamata Banerjee regime.

Shah, who landed in Kolkata on Wednesday evening for a two-day tour of the state, told this to journalists after garlanding the statue of Santhal hero Birsa Munda at Bankura on Thursday.

Shah said the schemes not being implemented in West Bengal were meant for the poor, the Dalits, the tribes and the backward people.

Those who are in the grip of extreme poverty are not benefitting from the Government of India schemes meant to help them in their livelihood needs, Shah said.

Noting that Bankura was having substantial tribal population, Shah said they were entitled to benefit from the housing scheme for tribes unveiled by the Central Government. But the funds were not reaching them because of the state government, he alleged.

Shah added that similarly, farmers were being deprived of the Rs 6,000 annually given to them by the Central Government under a scheme. The Mamata Banerjee-led government had also prevented the Central Government from bringing Bengal under the ambit of the Rs 5 lakh health insurance coverage meant for the poor people, he said.

“Mamata didi should not think that by blocking the Central welfare schemes, she could stop the BJP. Rather, if she allows the Rs 6,000 arranged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the poor reach the beneficiaries, allow them to benefit from the Central health scheme, let them have toilets and housing, only then the poor folk may think a little bit about her also,” Shah said.

The Union Home Minister claimed that since his arrival in Kolkata last evening, he noticed that the public was extremely angry with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Public was keen on a positive change to take place in the state under the leadership Narendra Modi, the BJP leader said.

Shah, who had a meeting last night with the family members of a BJP booth-level functionary who died in police custody recently, said the oppression unleashed by the Mamata Banerjee-led government, especially the violence targeting the BJP workers, was a clear signal that death knell had already sounded for the regime.

Shah said he was certain that the BJP would come to power in West Bengal by winning two-third majority.

The Union Home Minister said the security of the country was inseparably linked with the security situation of Bengal.

“It is important from the security point of view that youths of Bengal get jobs. It is also necessary to uplift people crippled by poverty,” Shah said and appealed to the people to give a chance to the party to transform the state into “Sonar Bangla” (Golden Bengal).

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