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PM Modi’s 1000 crores package: Why is Mamata reluctant to cooperate?

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  • K. Bhavish | Updated: May 27, 2020, 1:14 p.m.




PM Modi on his Friday's visit to cyclone hit West Bengal and Odisha announced ₹1000 crores and ₹500 crores aid for the respective states for restoration of the damages caused by the cyclone Amphan after taking aerial view of the damages. He also announced a compensation of ₹2 lakhs each for the deceased and ₹50000 each for the injured from the PM's relief fund.


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After the aerial survey, PM Modi and CM Mamata met at the Basirhat subdivision in North 24 Paraganas. PM Modi said that a detailed aerial survey will be carried out by State Government of the extent and scale of the damage. It's expected that a more extensive aid will be given to the state government after submission of the report. A centre team will also conduct a survey in West Bengal. 

West Bengal has suffered losses to the tune of Rs 1 lakh crore due to Cyclone Amphan according to CM Mamata.

Within 48 hours of the visit, Centre Government released the ₹1000 crores and ₹500 crores aid respectively to West Bengal and Odisha. Along with ₹1000 crores aid, PM Modi pledged 'shoulder to shoulder' help to West Bengal.

The chief secretary of West Bengal thanked the Central Government for the support provided for relief and restoration.

Despite PM Modi clearly declaring that ₹1000 crores will be provided to the West Bengal government, the West Bengal Cm did not look happy. A dirty politics was at play amid the COVID-19 pandemic and cyclone Amphan.

Later when Media asked CM Mamata about the aid, she said “Prime Minister announced Rs 1000 crore for the emergency fund but he didn't clarify whether it'll be an advance or a package". She also said that PM seemed to be confused and in two set of minds.

West Bengal CM claimed that her state should be getting ₹53000 crores grant from central govt regarding food subsidy, social schemes and central schemes. She appealed PM for quick release of the money so that the state can work in this crisis. During a pandemic and a natural disaster only West Bengal CM can pull such stunts of politics.

While CM Mamata kept blaming Centre, state BJP was not happy with her.

A BJP leader said, "We are trying to work for the welfare of people of Bengal and ready to co-operate the state government during this tough time. While it is reeling under the impact of COVID, Amphan has only aggravated the situation. But the state government is not ready. Our leaders' movement was halted and blocked by Mamata administration."

BJP Bengal President, Dilip Ghose in a series of tweets protested against restrictions imposed of BJP MPs by obstructing the visit to their own constituency during time of a natural disaster when they should be standing by their people.



Ghose expressed his regret, "On the way to survey the affected areas of Mahishadal-Haldia-Contai; In Beobarhat GP, Paramanandapur, block- Nandakumar area huge battalions of police have taken siege of the place and are obstructing us from moving forward,”. Kailash Vijayvargiya has accused CM Mamata of running "an autocratic government". It is to be noted that BJP MP Shantanu Thakur was not allowed to perform relief work in his constituency.

So, while CM Mamata wants to help West Bengal and not do politics, her approach towards MPs by not allowing them perform relief work contradicts her own stance. This is sheer display of politics in the state. However, in such politics those who suffer are not politicians but citizens of West Bengal. CM Mamata is not the only one who received the package, stands in contrast Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik, who is not only cooperating with Centre but also standing like a rock with his people. It seems only CM Mamata can understand, what exactly CM Mamata wants to do?

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