KOLKATA: Criticising the TMC dispensation in West Bengal for allegedly opposing pro-people insurance policies of the Centre, Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday mentioned the state couldn’t be made a beneficiary of the ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan’, because it had not supplied any knowledge on migrant labourers.
Addressing a digital rally for the individuals of Bengal, the Union finance minister additionally slammed chief minister Mamata Banerjee for “her reluctance to permit Shramik Particular practice providers within the state”.
“The West Bengal authorities has been opposing all pro-people insurance policies of the Centre…Six states have shared knowledge on migrant employees, following their return. West Bengal, nonetheless, didn’t…
“Our Prime Minister launched a scheme, which covers 116 districts within the nation, however none from Bengal might be included because the TMC authorities did not trouble to share any knowledge with us. The ruling dispensation in Bengal does not need any of the Centre’s welfare insurance policies to be applied,” she mentioned.
Senior TMC leaders had just lately criticised the Union authorities for not making the state a beneficiary within the ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan’, a job scheme for migrant labourers.
Sitharaman, nonetheless, appreciated the chief minister for her assist to the central authorities on the difficulty of the Sino-India border standoff.
“I’d credit score her for one factor; at the least on the Sino-India border situation, she (Mamata Banerjee) stood by the Centre,” Sitharaman mentioned.
Terming the TMC authorities as “anti-people”, Sitharaman mentioned the state was knowledgeable about cyclone ‘Amphan’ 11 days prematurely nevertheless it didn’t take sufficient precaution.
A number of lives may have been saved if well timed measures had been taken, she mentioned.
On West Bengal’s alleged unwillingness to deliver again migrant labourers, Sitharaman mentioned it was the one state that was not eager on taking again its employees.
“The migrant labourers would always remember the remedy you (Mamata Banerjee) have meted out to them. She (Mamata) had mentioned that these particular migrant trains had been bringing extra coronavirus circumstances to the state. It was a heartless assertion,” the Union minister mentioned.
The difficulty of bringing migrant employees again to West Bengal has snowballed into a serious political row over the previous a number of weeks with the BJP and the Centre alleging that the state authorities shouldn’t be eager to take them again, a declare rebuffed by the TMC dispensation.
Criticising the state authorities over the “mishandling” of Covid-19 disaster within the state, Sitharaman additionally mentioned that the inter-ministerial central staff that visited the state for evaluation of the scenario needed to face a number of roadblocks.
Indicating that the Citizenship (Modification) Act will probably be a serious electoral plank within the meeting polls, Sitharaman demanded that Banerjee clarify the explanations for opposing the laws.
“This legislation was introduced in to assist the refugees, what’s the hurt in it? Mamata didi wants to come back clear on why she is opposing the CAA, what’s mistaken in granting citizenship to refugees,” she said.
Terming the Trinamool Congress (TMC) authorities within the state a “full failure”, Sitharaman mentioned the individuals of West Bengal ought to give the BJP an opportunity to take the state to new heights.