Central schemes welcome however funding should be via state: Mamata

Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service
Kolkata, September 22

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written to the Centre, saying the PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme and Ayushman Bharat schemes will likely be carried out in West Bengal if the funds are routed via the state authorities.

In a letter to Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Banerjee mentioned the state authorities has already launched the ‘Krishak Bandhu’ scheme for the farmers.

“However, we will be happy to provide benefits to the farmers under the PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme. In that case, the central government may transfer the requisite fund direct to the state government for further disbursement with full responsibility to the beneficiaries through the state government machinery,” she wrote.

Under the PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme, the central authorities gives Rs 6,000 yearly in three equal instalments to farmers. The quantity is instantly transferred into the financial institution accounts of the beneficiaries via direct profit switch (DBT) mode.

Mamata wrote that below the Krishak Bandhu scheme each farmer/sharecropper receives Rs 5,000 from state authorities. Under the scheme the subsequent of kin will get Rs 2 lakh if a farmer within the age group of 18-60 years passes away. More than 73 lakh farmers within the state are lined below the scheme, Banerjee wrote.

In a separate letter to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Banerjee mentioned that below the ‘Swasthya Sathi’ scheme the state authorities was offering free therapy to the individuals of the state.

“Ayushman Bharat Scheme may be extended by the government of India with entire 100 per cent expenditure for the scheme in such a case, the entire funding for the scheme may be routed through the state government,” she mentioned.

Reputed because the world’s largest authorities healthcare programme, Ayushman Bharat is funded with 60 per cent contribution coming from the central authorities and the remaining from the state.

Mamata, nevertheless, wrote to the Union Health Minister that below the Swasthya Sathi scheme the state authorities not solely offered free therapy at authorities hospitals but in addition free therapy, medication and diagnostics at non-public amenities of as much as Rs 5 lakh yearly per household in essential diseases like most cancers, coronary heart illness, kidney illnesses, and so forth. More than 7.5 crore individuals in Bengal are lined below the scheme, she wrote.

Both the letters had been written on September 9 and launched to the media on Tuesday night.

The letters had been launched after the BJP and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar questioned Banerjee’s opposition to the farm payments when her authorities has not carried out the central scheme for the good thing about farmers.

In the letter to Tomar, Banerjee mentioned the state authorities launched the Krishak Bandhu scheme a lot earlier than the PM-Kishan Samman Nidhi scheme.

‘Cat is out of the bag’

 West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Tuesday hit out at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for writing to the Centre.

Addressing the press on the Raj Bhavan quickly after the 2 letters written by the chief minister had been made public, Dhankhar requested why was this demand being raised as an alternative of direct switch of funds to beneficiaries as in different states.

Stating that the “cat is out of the bag”, Dhankhar famous that the chief minister’s proposal will profit “non- state actors” who’re already in command of the corridors of energy within the state.

“The heart of the scheme is a direct transfer without middlemen, without any cut, and the (state) government wants this money,” the governor mentioned.

He additionally questioned why it has taken the chief minister so lengthy to suggest the implementation of the schemes within the state.

“Have we not seen what happened in Amphan relief distribution? Unimaginable corruption has happened, deserving ones have not got it, while the undeserving got it,” he alleged.

Large-scale corruption in Amphan reduction has been put below the carpet with no case having been registered, Dhankhar claimed.

 He mentioned that how may one, believing in transparency, accountability and within the curiosity of farmers ask for the routing as an alternative of it reaching on to the farmers.

“Each of our farmers has lost Rs 12,000 owing to non- implementation of the PM-Kisan,” he mentioned.

The governor additional mentioned that he has written to the chief minister a minimum of half a dozen occasions on the difficulty and even on August 15 the difficulty was raised by him throughout her go to to the Raj Bhavan.

“What is shocking and worrisome is the last part of her letter, where the chief minister says we are doing enough,” Dhankhar mentioned.

The governor mentioned that he was made to learn within the Assembly that Rs 700 crore have been spent by the West Bengal authorities below its Krishak Bandhu scheme, which he mentioned will not be even 10 per cent of Rs 8,400 crore that the state’s farmers may have gotten from the PM-Kisan scheme.

“You want to compromise the interest of the farmers by saying send the money to us. Corruption was 100 per cent plugged in PM-Kisan by direct transfer,” he mentioned. With PTI


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