Staff Reporter: The state government claimed that the name of the ‘Chief Minister’ should also be added to projects like ‘Pradhan Mantri Gramsadak Yojana’. The Minister of Public Works and Urban Development of the state Firhad Hakim (Firhad Hakim) made such a claim in the Assembly on Monday, referring to the allocation by Bengal. In his words, “Apart from the Centre, the state government is also giving a huge amount of money to several development projects in the state. The state government is giving 75 percent in some projects and 50 percent in others. Then why should the name of the project only have the name of the Prime Minister, the name of the Chief Minister should also be added. And the money given by the center is only part of the central tax collected from Bengal. BJP is serious about the name of the Prime Minister by sending us money from Bengal, threatening to give away all the allocations. The people of Bengal will answer this.

The central-state tussle continues over non-availability of funds allocated for the 100-day work project. Municipal Minister Firhad Hakim was again involved in the matter on Monday. Taking a sharp taunt at the Centre, he said, “You are not giving us a hard time by withholding money.” Giving tight to thousands of poor workers of the state. The answer will be given by the people in time.” While replying, Firhad highlighted the counter statement of the state with data and statistics.

[আরও পড়ুন: পাকিস্তানি হানাদারকে গুলি করে মারল বিএসএফ, কাশ্মীরে ধৃত অনুপ্রবেশকারী]

The statement of the state government, “The name of the Prime Minister is important to the people of Bengal, or the people of Bengal are important?” The scheme that is giving money to Bengal is giving tax money to the people of Bengal. Gujarat’s money is not being paid. Everything is Bengali money. You are not giving a separate fund.” Referring to the constitutional responsibility of the Center in the federal framework, the Municipal Minister said, “Money cannot be withheld in this way. According to the Constitution of India, money has to be paid And remember, by withholding the allocation of Bengal’s debt, you are not giving me a hard time, but the village laborer. Eat people day by day. Remember, there is no politics by joking and shouting.”

[আরও পড়ুন: গোষ্ঠী সংঘর্ষ থামাতে গিয়ে বসিরহাটে গুলিবিদ্ধ পুলিশকর্মী, গুরুতর জখম হয়ে ভরতি হাসপাতালে]

The city minister highlighted the fact that the central government is taking lakhs of rupees from Bengal every year for GST, excise, customs duty, cess. In his words, “In 2018-’19, the central government took Tk 44,638 crore from Bengal. A part of this money is supposed to be given by the centre. But they are not giving what they deserve.” After that, Firhad said, “The center gives only 43 percent of the money in the Prime Minister’s housing scheme. 57 percent of the state government. Why will the project be in the name of the center in exchange for less than half, i.e. only 43 percent of the money? The center gives only 40 percent to various projects in the village. The Center pays only 25 percent of the Amrut scheme for Kolkata city’s drinking water and sanitation. The state gives 75 percent. Center and states contribute 50 percent to the Swachh Bharat Mission. If so, where is the objection to Nirmal Bangla Mission? We are not giving the name of any person in the project, we are giving the name of the state, we are saying ‘Banglar Bari’ or Nirmal Bangla.”

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