Mamata Banerjee Shoots Up Facilities for the Poor Ahead of WB Elections

Ahead of WB assembly elections 2021, CM Mamata Banerjee introduced new schemes to help people from all arenas; Election trump card or genuine worry?

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A few months before, the CM introduced schemes like Swastho Sathi and Duarey Sarkar where the people of WB received various facilities by the government with easy enrollment options. Now, for the third time in a row, the CM comes up with yet another scheme called “Maa kitchen” where she is providing egg curry, rice, vegetables, and dal, a complete food platter for just Rs 5 to the poor section of the society. While opposition criticizes her and called the schemes “pre-polls big-ticket” winning step, she anyhow continues doing the good work that she does!

CM Is Hopeful of Her Contribution to the Society

After introducing Swastho Sathi scheme that counts for health insurance of 5 lakh Rs for each family in Bengal and the flagship scheme Duarey sarkar where the government has all the facilities delivered at your doorstep, now the Mamata Govt introduces her third scheme the “Maa canteen” where she will give rice, dal, vegetables, and egg curry for Rs 5 to the poor people. The Govt will provide a 15 Rs subsidy for the same. At the launch event at Nabanna, the CM said, “This is the Maa Kitchen. We are proud of our Maa (mother). Wherever there is Maa, things will be good. We salute all mothers”.

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What the Common People are saying about the Scheme

Amidst all the criticism about the rolling out of the new scheme, a major section of the society celebrates such a scheme by the government. Many people came to taste the food and some of them praised the initiative. “I leave for work in the morning. It’s our good luck if we get food at ₹ 5,” said one beneficiary while another said “If I have to eat vegetables and rice, it costs ₹ 25. It’s unbelievable we are getting a meal at ₹ 5. If we get it the whole year, it will be very good.” It is expected that these schemes will run for a longer time period and would not die down with time.

BJP Counter Attacks the CM on the Introduction of the Scheme

Every good action has some “opposition” reaction! And similarly, this move by the Govt has the BJP party all ready for stiff criticism. Dilip Ghosh, the chief of Bengal BJP said, “The people of Bengal don’t have money to buy food to eat. That’s why she has to run Maa Canteen so that people get food at ₹ 5. She has proved she has failed. People have become beggars and she has to feed people at ₹ 5”. But no matter what the opponent says, good work must always be appreciated. The Mamata Banerjee led Govt did some extraordinary works in their tenure that includes making cities modernized, roads damage-free, the Kanyashree and Yuvashree schemes, cycle distribution, housing schemes, etc.

The Policy Times policy suggestions

  • Instead of criticizing the WB Govt the opposition leaders must come forward to help the needy after such a huge economic jolt that they suffered due to the pandemic.
  • Even if the intention behind such schemes is winning the elections, still it anyhow helps the needy section of the society that the opposition must look out to!
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