Jalpaiguri : The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesdayaccused the Congress led UPA government of denying her state funds under the MGNREGA and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan schemes. “The Centre is spending heavily for the advertisement campaign but not giving us money for 100 days work and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan,” she said at a rally of Adivasis at Mal.
Hitting out at the UPA government at the Centre for ‘economic deprivation’, she said those who did so would be given a political reply. The Chief Minister said the state is not begging for alms from the Centre, but merely asking for its due. West Bengal is facing severe financial crisis as the Centre took away most of the taxes collected by it as payments on interest, she said. “We do not want alms. We will not beg to the Centre. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had said, nobody would give rights on a platter and had to be attained,” Banerjee said.
“Those who have deprived Bengal will understand that Bengal will lead India and the world. Those who have been depriving Bengal will realise that Bengal will show the way.” Since its takeover on May 20, 2011, the TMC government has stated time and again that it had inherited a bankrupt state.
The Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad (ABAVP) meanwhile, honoured Mamata for her efforts for uplifting adivasis.