Within an hour after Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced the extension of free meals grains for poor until November, given the surging coronavirus state of affairs within the nation, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, in what seems as an try and outsmart PM Modi, declared that she’s going to present free ration for an additional 12 months, until June 2021.
I’m extending free ration for poor until June 2021: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee pic.twitter.com/voJlqfwUuc
— ANI (@ANI) June 30, 2020
PM Modi pronounces free ration to poor until November 2020
Earlier right this moment, PM Modi, in his tackle to the nation, introduced that the centre’s key central scheme—PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) can be prolonged until the top of November through which free ration can be supplied to the poor. The scheme is ready to price Rs 90,000 crore to the federal government, PM Modi stated.
While highlighting the work carried out by the central authorities to alleviate the considerations of poor adversely affected by the coronavirus induced lockdown, PM Modi stated that the scheme to supply free ration to the poor will proceed for a further 5 months, including that 80 crore folks will get the profit from the scheme.
Eye on the West Bengal state elections?
It is value noting that the measure by the Mamata Banerjee authorities in West Bengal comes at a time when she is dealing with robust headwinds from the BJP within the state, which was additionally mirrored within the General elections held in 2019 the place the saffron get together received an unprecedented 18 Lok Sabha seats. The state of West Bengal is scheduled to go to polls in 2021 and it’s all however unattainable to view Mamata Banerjee’s push for pro-poor insurance policies impartial of the forthcoming state elections in 2021.