Up to date: December 2, 2020 11:40:41 am
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday accused the Centre of utilizing central companies to bulldoze India’s federal construction, and questioned the BJP-led authorities concerning the Prime Minister’s Citizen Help and Reduction in Emergency Conditions (PM-CARES) Fund.
“You’re elevating questions concerning the Rs 25,000 aid we’ve got given to these affected throughout Cyclone Amphan, however what concerning the lakhs and crores of cash donated to PM-CARES Fund? The place has the cash gone? Does anybody learn about the way forward for this fund? Why was no audit carried out? The Centre is lecturing us. What have they given us to fight the Covid pandemic? You need to accuse me as a result of I’m poor,” Banerjee stated at a press convention in state secretariat Nabanna following a state Cupboard assembly.
The chief minister stated the Centre didn’t assist the state in any method throughout the pandemic. “What has the PMO [Prime Minister’s Office] given us to fight Covid-19? Some ventilators and Rs 191 crore. Now we have spent near Rs 5,000 crore. The PM got here after Amphan and guaranteed assist. However we got solely Rs 1,000 crore as an advance from the funds the state is entitled to. Those that can’t assist, shouldn’t come to lecture us. They may use companies to malign the federal government. Bear in mind one who can feed is the mom. Bengal won’t settle for the humiliation,” she added.
Defending herself in opposition to corruption allegations in Amphan aid distribution, Banerjee stated that within the curiosity of frequent folks she had not taken her pension from Parliament for a number of years and had additionally refused to simply accept the wage a chief minister is entitled to from the state meeting.
The chief minister accused the Centre of concentrating on West Bengal forward of subsequent 12 months’s Meeting elections, and claimed that the law-and-order scenario right here was higher than many different states. “The Centre is utilizing companies to bulldoze and threaten us. We’re not afraid of them. They [BJP] aren’t a political get together however rubbish of lies,” she added.
A day after Modi stated some states weren’t permitting the advantages of central schemes to achieve farmers, Banerjee stated West Bengal’s “Krishak Bandhu” initiative was much better than the Modi authorities’s scheme. She additionally claimed that the Centre was not consulting states earlier than shaping its schemes.
“Now we have a separate scheme for farmers, why ought to we take heed to them? ‘Krishak Bandhu’ is a much better scheme. We don’t discriminate between farmers. Does the Centre assume we’re bonded labourers?” Banerjee stated.
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