Mamata Banerjee slams Union govt “poor funding provision” for Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme

Krishnanagar, Feb 13 : West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today slammed the Union government’s Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’s Rs 100 crore provision saying it was a very poor funding for a nation-wide scheme, compared to her Trinamool Congress government’s Rs 50,000 crore Kanyashree prakalpa and newly launched Rupashree’s Rs 1200 crore scheme, both for
young women in the state.
“What could be achieved by a Rs 100 crore scheme of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao for a big country like India and if the fund are distributed equally then a state’s share was Rs 3 crore each, ” Ms Banerjee, while slamming the poor funding of the union government, said.
Ms Banerjee said the Kanyashree prakalka, meant for assistance to poor girls for education up to graduate level, which earned world wide name and got top award from the United Nations, has provision for Rs 50,000 crore and now another Rs 1200 crore Rupashree project, a one time
assistance of Rs 25,000 for marriageable girl over 18.
Under the new scheme, if a family with income up to Rs 1.5 lakh in a year, the government would provide Rs 25,000 for wedding if assistance is sought for. For Rs 1200 crore has been set aside in the latest budget for 2018-19. Ms Banerjee said some 6 lakh girls to be benefitted this financial year.
Addressing a rally here Ms Banerjee also strongly criticised the BJP led NDA’s government fiscal policy saying it was anti people and anti development.
She said the country was going backward since the note ban of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 and the imposition of GST.
Ms Banerjee claimed that some 12,000 farmers have committed suicide for note ban and GST and majority of suicide cases had been reported from BJP ruled Maharastra.
Citing an example Ms Banerjee said, ” Even a purchase for 25 paisa nakuldana ( made of suger) the shopkeeper asks for GST how a poor people can afford this.”
She also listed a number of central schemes like Asha and ICDS for which the union government either stopped funding or reduced to only 10 per cent funding but her government was continuing the schemes with giving subsidy.
Ms Banerjee, who is also the TMC chairperson, told the rally that the Centre has been taking away money, which now stood Rs 48,000 crore for debt of the previous CPI(M) led Left Front government.
She also blamed the BJP saying the party was dividing people on the lines of religion and urged the people to ensure win for TMC candidates in coming rural and panchayat elections. ” The win is necessary for the TMC to carry on the development schemes in the pipeline.” Ms Banerjee added.
Earlier Ms Banerjee unveiled a slew of new projects, including the construction of 12,000 km of rural roads connecting villages with state or national highways throughout the state.
The State Panchayats and Rural Development Department will undertake the construction. Tenders have already been floated for many of the roads while for a substantial number, the work order to start construction is ready. Once completed, the rural connectivity in Bengal will reach a new
height. Already roads have been built in all the 341 blocks.
The department proposes to complete 35,000 km by December 2019. From 2011 till now, over 13,571 km has been constructed.

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