West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee Govt Kicks off Large ‘Duare Sarkar’ Outreach Programme


With lower than six months left for the state election, the Mamata Banerjee authorities in West Bengal on Tuesday launched a large outreach programme to make sure its current flagship welfare programmes attain each family. Christened ‘Duare Sarkar” (authorities on the doorstep) the programme will cowl 11 sectors together with job technology, well being, ladies empowerment, neighborhood growth and schooling of women amongst others.

The flagship two-month outreach programme, which is able to proceed until January 30, won’t solely make sure that advantages of the welfare schemes attain the individuals but additionally lend an ear to grievances associated to the programmes. The opposition BJP, nonetheless, slammed the state authorities for “conducting an election marketing campaign utilizing public cash”.

Elections to the 294-member state meeting are due in April-Might subsequent yr. Not less than 20,000 camps have been arrange in all of the panchayats and municipal wards within the state to make sure that individuals can avail the advantages of the schemes. The camps will operate from faculties, faculties, neighborhood halls, panchayat workplaces, municipal conflict workplaces within the presence of the representatives of the state authorities.

The programme, which has a catchy slogan – ‘Jar jekhane darker, Asche apnar duare sarkar’ (the federal government might be at your doorsteps wherever you want it), might be performed for 2 months in 4 phases. The primary section of the programme might be held from December 1-11, the second from December 15-24, the third from January 2-12 and the final from January 18-30.

The camps might be purposeful from 10 am to four pm daily. “GoWB’s initiative #DuareSarkar brings govt companies at individuals’s doorstep! Pleased to see that the camps have began in full swing. I urge individuals to get their grievances redressed & avail different companies at these camps,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted.

A brainchild of TMC’s ballot strategist Prashant Kishor, who was employed by the occasion to design its marketing campaign for the 2021 meeting polls, the programme goals to make sure that each citizen of the state is a beneficiary of no less than of 1 scheme. “This can be a revolutionary step taken by our authorities to make sure that nobody is disregarded. All those that are eligible for the schemes will get the advantages. For instance, the Swastha Sathi (well being scheme) will cowl all the inhabitants of the state,” Municipal Affairs Minister Firhad Hakim mentioned inaugurating a ward workplace right here.

The ‘Swasthya Sathi’ scheme guarantees everybody within the state a well being cowl of as much as Rs 5 lakh and goals to advertise ladies empowerment. The playing cards for the scheme might be issued to the feminine guardian of the household.

The opposite schemes embrace globally acclaimed ‘Kanyashree’, a money switch programme geared toward retaining women in faculties and stop their early marriage, ‘Khadya Sathi’ which goals at making certain meals safety for 90 per cent of the inhabitants and ‘Sikhashree’, a one-time grant to SC and ST college students finding out in courses 5-Eight to scale back their dropout charges. ‘Rupashree’, a one-time grant of Rs 25,000 to poor households throughout their daughter’s marriage, ‘Jai Johar’ for the betterment of STs, ‘Taposili Bandhu’ pension scheme for SCs and ‘Aikyashree’ scholarship programme for college kids from minority communities are the others.

“Duare Sarkar is an revolutionary programme not discovered anyplace on the earth. It’s a nice initiative of Mamata Banerjee,” Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee mentioned. The opposition events, nonetheless, hit out on the state authorities for “failing” to ship as per the schemes and questioned its capacity to redress individuals’s grievances.

State BJP chief Dilip Ghosh alleged that the TMC authorities kicked off its election marketing campaign utilizing public cash. “They’re utilizing public cash for the election marketing campaign. If after 10 years the state authorities has to launch a marketing campaign to make sure all people will get the advantages, then the TMC leaders must be ashamed of themselves,” Ghosh mentioned.

CPI(M) chief Sujan Chakraborty alleged that the state authorities rolled out the ‘Duare Sarkar’ initiative because the panchayat division has did not ship. Congress MP Pradip Bhattacharya questioned whether or not the federal government would be capable of redress individuals’s grievances.

“I’ll ask just one query. You’ll all of the households however will you redress their grievances? Will you be capable of redress them?” Bhattacharya mentioned. Hakim responding to the allegations, mentioned Ghosh ought to first reply in regards to the quantity of public cash spent by the BJP-led authorities on the Centre on its publicity marketing campaign.

“The Congress and CPI(M) have joined palms with the BJP in West Bengal. The Left Entrance didn’t do something throughout their 34-year-long rule within the state. Now, after we are doing one thing, they’re attempting to unfold canards towards us,” he added.

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