The announcement by Banerjee, who can be the chief of the ruling TMC, comes simply months forward of the Assembly polls, due in April-May.

Kolkata: Minutes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised free ration to 80 crore individuals till Chhath puja on Tuesday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee introduced that free rations will be supplied to the individuals of the state till June 2021.

She additionally urged the Centre to increase its rationing system to your entire nation with none discrimination.

Modi in an tackle to the nation on Tuesday promised free 5 kg rice or wheat and one kg pulses per individual till Chhath puja, which often falls in November, below the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana.

Declining to remark on it, Banerjee stated everyone will not be eligible for ration supplied by the central authorities. “In West Bengal, we will give free ration till June 2021… We have decided to extend it so that everybody has food to eat. We can’t depend on what the Centre is providing,” she stated minutes after the prime minister’s tackle to the nation.

File picture of Mamata Banerjee. PTI

“We (state government) are providing ration to more than 10 crore people of the state. In West Bengal, the Centre provides ration to six crore people only. So what will the remaining four crore people do? There should not be any discrimination, the entire population of 130 crore people should get the ration,” she stated.

The announcement by Banerjee, who can be the chief of the ruling TMC, comes simply months forward of the Assembly polls, due in April-May.

The BJP has emerged as the principle Opposition to the ruling Trinamool Congress in the state after it received 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in 2019.

Speaking on the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Yojna — a job scheme for migrant employees by the Centre, in which West Bengal didn’t discover a place, Banerjee stated “We (TMC government) can’t comment on it, as our state has been excluded and we are not aware of the details of the scheme.”

Mocking her announcement on free ration, the BJP and the CPM stated the TMC will be out of energy by June subsequent yr.

“Why is she making promises she can’t fulfil? Her party will be out of power by June next year. This is not an area (free rations) to compete. Just because the prime minister has announced something, it doesn’t mean she needs to replicate it. The state government should stop making announcements but concentrate on seamless ration supply for the poor,” CPM legislative occasion chief Sujan Chakraborty stated.

BJP nationwide secretary Rahul Sinha questioned Banerjee over her announcement and stated her assertion “will remain an announcement only on pen and paper” and will by no means see the sunshine of the day.

“The TMC won’t be in power after April-May next year,” he claimed.

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