Non-implementation of PM-Kisan scheme 'cruel joke' on Bengal farmers: Governor Dhankhar to Mamata
Monday, 10 August 2020 West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Monday wrote to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, expressing displeasure over non-implementation of the Centre's PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme, calling it a "cruel joke" and "historic injustice" to the 70 lakh farmers of the state who would have benefited from it.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched an Agriculture Infrastructure Fund worth Rs 1 lakh crore to boost services related to the primary sector. The launch was done amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic slowdown exacerbated due to the lockdown. Although commentators say that the agriculture...
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar took a jibe on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee's stand against the New Education Policy 2020. Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said, "New Education Policy 2020 is a milestone, it will put innovation and research at a very high pedestal. I am sure state government will rethink about it rather than taking a stand, 'we don't agree.'"
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar questioned state government over not implementing schemes of Centre. "During COVID finance minister inspired by Prime Minister had a package of farmers 3.5 lakh crores package our state would have got benefit of 30 to 35 thousand crores we are not getting anything why? It's a legitimate question someone has to reply. You can't reply by saying that I am an agent of this or that party. I know only one book Indian Constitution. I act on a script of one book Indian Constitution, I keep my limitations I will never be deterred by whatever they may say. Time has come when we must do full justice to the people of West Bengal," said Dhankhar.
West Bengal Congress President Somen Mitra passed away at a Kolkata hospital. He had been admitted to the hospital around 17 days back due to heart and kidney related ailments. Hospital sources told new agencies that Mitra died following a cardiac arrest around 1:30 am on Thursday. Mitra's political career began during the 1960s as a student leader and spanned over five decades. Mitra became an MLA from Sealdah Assembly in 1972 constituency and represented it seven times. Known to be a master strategist, Mitra rose quickly in the ranks of the Congress to become one of the most popular party leader in the state. Mitra, who went on to become three-time president of the Congress' West Bengal unit from 1992-1996, 1996-1998 and then again from September 2018, was instrumental in clocking the best tally of 82 seats against the Left Front in the 1996 assembly polls.Tributes poured in for the Congress leader from leaders across the political spectrum. West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi were among the top leaders who paid their respects to Mitra. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on September 19 said that West Bengal government did not share data of returning migrant labourers with the Centre and no district of the state could be included as a beneficiary under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan (PMGKRA). She was answering a query by Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in Lok Sabha. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated PMGKRA for migrant labourers who came back to their villages during the coronavirus-induced lockdown. This scheme was introduced on June 20 this year and will be effective for 125 days. The minister said 116 districts spread across six states - Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan are benefiting from this scheme. The selection of the districts was made on the basis of the return of at least 25,000 migrant labourers to the concerned districts by May 30. After the launch of PMGKRA, there were demands from Tripura and Chhattisgarh to include more districts but it was not entertained. In the case of West Bengal, there was no data shared by the state government then how could the districts of the state be included in the scheme," said Sitharaman.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched financing facility under Agriculture Infrastructure Fund and released benefits under PM-KISAN scheme via video conferencing. "Rs 17,000 crores of PM-Kisan Samman..