Soon after taking oath as the Chief Minister of West Bengal for the third consecutive term, Mamata Banerjee immediately began with her duties and put in place new curbs amid risising COVID-19 cases in the state. Besides, she has also demanded for an inquiry on the post-poll violence which has created an uproar in the politics of Bengal.
Today the CM has written to the Prime Minister requesting him to "advise the concerned Ministry to release the due fund to the eligible farmers (under PM-Kisan scheme) and share the database of the 21.79 lakh farmers." Miss Banerjee in a letter to the PM reminded that she had written earlier on December 31, 2020 to the Union Minister of Agriculture (Pradhan Mantri and Farmers Welfare, on providing benefits of PM-KISAN Kisan Samman Nidhi) Scheme to the farmers of the State of West Bengal. She claimed that several communications were also made from the state's department of agriculture in the matter. However, no concrete response has yet been received from the Ministry on this, she wrote.
She informed that the state government, about five months ago, appointed State Nodal Agency (SNA), State Nodal Officer (SNO), opened two bank accounts, viz, State Notional Account and Administrative Account following operational guidelines of the scheme, the details of which were communicated to the Ministry and were acknowledged by them.
Out of 21.79 lakh farmers who had registered for the Scheme as per letter of Union Agriculture Minister, dated 6 November 2020, 14.91 lakh data have been uploaded in portal, which were duly verified and of which 9.84 lakh data are ready for PFMS.
She said that under the Krishak Bandhu scheme announced by the State Government in December 2018 Rs 1,498 crore was disbursed to 57.67 lakh eligible farmers and Rs 242 crore has been disbursed to families as death benefits to the deceased farmers upto February 2021.
She reminded the PM that during his recent visit to the state, he had given repeated assurances on releasing the arrear amount of Rs. 18.000 to each farmer, but till date, no fund has been received by the state of West Bengal or the farmers.
"I would, therefore, request you to kindly advise the concerned Ministry to release due fund to the eligible farmers and share the database of the 21.79 lakh farmers." she said.
Meanwhile, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sent a four-member team led by an additional secretary-level officer to West Bengal to look into incidents of violence after the declaration of Assembly election results. According to the ministry, the team will review the situation in West Bengal and submit a report on the ground situation.
"The MHA team will submit its report on violence within 48 hours," an official said.