Mamata Banerjee's West Bengal localise central schemes, drops 'Pradhan Mantri' tag

Kolkata: The West Bengal government has decided to drop the tag "Pradhan Mantri" from "Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna" and rename it as "Bangla Fasal Bima Yojna", a senior minister said on Wednesday.

The reason behind the decision to drop the Pradhan Mantri tag, taken at a state cabinet meeting earlier this
month, was that the Centre's share in such schemes had come down to 50:50, state Agriculture Minister Purnendu Basu told PTI.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PTI

"We do not see any necessity in continuing with the Pradhan Mantri tag on a project for which the state government has been contributing much. This decision was taken at a cabinet meeting," Basu said.

As per the norm, the farmer had to pay one-third of it while the remaining two-thirds was borne by the Centre and the state government.

Earlier, the Centre's contribution was either 90 percent or around 75 percent, which now came down to 50 percent or below in several schemes.

"Give me a logic why we should continue with the name Pradhan Mantri when the state government's contribution to the scheme was maximum," Basu said.

The state has already renamed some of the Central government schemes like Swacchh Bharat has become Nirmal Bangla.

It was also learnt that the Centre has sent a letter to the state Panchayat department seeking the reason behind
dropping "Pradhan Mantri" tag from the schemes.

Updated Date: Apr 26, 2017 22:25 PM

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