West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday accused the Narendra Modi government of being “insensitive to the poor” and being discriminatory with regard to the 100-days work guarantee scheme.
In a post on her official facebook page, Banerjee said, “Now there is a hearsay that 100-days work will be run in some select blocks of the country on intensified mode. What would happen to the poor people in other blocks? Would they be deprived of work”?
“Attacks on statutory rights of the downtrodden people are not acceptable. Why such action? Why poor people would be deprived? Why such discrimination?” she said, adding why the new government is insensitive about the poor people?
Banerjee also said that the central government was still to pay Rs 885 crore due to the state under MNREGA scheme. “West Bengal is ranked no 1 in the country in terms of expenditure under 100-days work in 2013-14. We exceeded our budget and recorded highest-ever expenditure of more than Rs 5,600 Crore.
“In spite of such achievement, the central government has not released its full share of funds to the state government so far. Nearly Rs.885 crore is still pending. Poor people are not getting their wages”, the chief minister said.
Former Apple executive and Dwarka MLA Adarsh Shastri has also been included in the spokespersons’ list.