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'BJP only wants to take credit': Mamata Banerjee hits back at PM Modi over farmers' scheme PM Kisan Samman Nidhi
Mamata Banerjee during a press conference at Nabanna on Tuesday

'BJP only wants to take credit': Mamata Banerjee hits back at PM Modi over farmers' scheme

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 01 Dec 2020, 05:40 pm

Kolkata/IBNS: In a counter attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has slammed West Bengal for not allowing Centre's scheme for farmers, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said the country's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) just wants to take credit by paying only 20 per cent of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi.

"We have our own scheme. We provide 100 per cent money to farmers. The BJP government just wants to take credit by paying only 20 per cent of the scheme (PM Kisan Samman Nidhi) while the rest will have to be paid by the state," said Banerjee during her press conference at state headquarters Nabanna.

In an address at his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi, Modi, whose party is aiming a victory in West Bengal polls next year, on Monday said, "There is one state which has not implemented the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi because if farmers had got the money then Modi would gain mileage. But after coming to power in the state, we will ensure the money has reached the farmers."

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However in September, the Mamata Banerjee government had cleared the state had no objection to the enrollment of the scheme if funds are routed through the state citing West Bengal had already introduced a similar scheme.

In a letter to Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Sept 9, Banerjee wrote, "... the State Government in Bengal has already introduced way before the Krishak Bandhu scheme to provide financial assistance to farmers including sharecroppers."

"... Moreover, the state government provides comprehensive crop insurance facilities to farmers where the entire insurance premium is borne by the state government and is completely free for the farmers."

"However, we will be happy to provide benefits to the farmers under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme, and in that case, the Central Government may transfer the requisite fund direct to the State Government for further disbursement with full responsibility, to the beneficiaries, through the State Government machinery."