Mamata Banerjee Asks Ford to Build Manufacturing Plant in West Bengal

Mamata Banerjee Asks Ford to Build Manufacturing Plant in West Bengal

Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant has pegged the expenses for the Centre's health plan at Rs 5,500-6,000 crore a year.

Krishnagar: Alleging that the Centre had stopped the funds for various schemes, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday threatened to launch a nationwide movement against the Narendra Modi government if it did not change its "anti-people" policies.

Bengal however has chosen not to be part of this central project.

"The Centre has drawn up a health plan in which 40 per cent of the fund has to come from states".

CM Banerjee also snubbed at Centre's Beti Bachao Project which has allocated only Rs 100 crore for the entire country whereas she proudly states Rs 5000 allocation for their own Kanyashree Project, which is an initiative taken by the Government of West Bengal to improve the life and the status of the girls by helping economically backward families with cash so that families do not arrange the marriage of their girl child before eighteen years because of economic problem. Apart from West Bengal, no other state has reportedly yet voiced an opposition to the health scheme, which the Centre hopes to roll-out by October 2, 2018. Comparing the condition of Bengal farmers with BJP-ruled states, she said her government has given Rs 1,200 crore as a relief to the 30 lakh farmers.

Addressing a public rally, Mamata Banerjee pointed out that the state already has its own Swasthya Sathi programme benefitting 50 lakh people. "Look at the financial allocations in the project". "We can not accept the central government's diktat".

"They (BJP) will go away after creating tension amongst yourselves".

A day after the Budget was announced, Banerjee had said that the health scheme Centre talked about (Rs 5-lakh health cover for 10 crore poor) was also only on paper.

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After the meeting the state issued a press statement which read, '"We have specific information that some people are trying to create problems in the area by creating divisions between Hindus, Muslims and Christians". They have also said that bank would not accept cash.

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