BJP leader Roopa Ganguly on Monday lauded Trinamool Congress government’s initiatives such as Kanyasree and Sabuj Saathi.
“Families have definitely benefitted from Kanyasree projects and through distribution of cycles. If a girl is given a cycle, won’t it help her? The money that they get from Kanyashree scheme help them a lot… It is definitely a good scheme but it has been propagated with a political agenda. There is nothing wrong with the scheme but there is something wrong in its implementation,” she said.
Ganguly was speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a symposium on the ‘Role of Women’s Empowerment in Facilitating Inclusive Economic Growth’, organised by MCC Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Kolkata.
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Under Kanyashree scheme, an annual scholarship is provided to poor girls between 13 and 18 years of age to continue their studies. Besides, if an unmarried girl continues her studies up to the age of 18 years, a one-time grant of Rs 25,000 is deposited in her bank account.
“If we take out politics and political influence from every little thing in the society, we can actually empower people. Today, every aspect of the society has been politicised. We need to first stop this and then only we can empower the people, especially women,” she added.
However, referring to the state government’s decision to probe the Narada sting operation, Ganguly came down heavily on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “It is such a farce that it is of no use commenting on such issues. She (Mamata) is realising that she is trying to fool the people. She has watched the video footages and found another way to fool the people. She is a brilliant politician,” she said.
On Mamata government’s Khadya Sathi initiative, she said: “If I am giving rice at Rs 2 per kg to people, I should have the courtesy to tell them that I am getting it at Re 1 per kg and then giving it to you at Rs 2 per kg.”
Earlier, while speaking at the symposium, Ganguly claimed said she was twice beaten up at Gopalnagar in Kolkata and in Kakdwip in South-24 Parganas by women who she claimed were “wrongly empowered”. “I was twice beaten up by women before the Assembly polls. Those who had beaten us were empowered women but they were wrongly empowered,” she said.