Congress leader Adhir Chowdhury asked Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Parliament why there is no district in Bengal in the Prime Minister's Poor Welfare Scheme. At the time of the lockdown, all the migrant workers from Vine State lost their jobs and returned to their home states. Adhir Chowdhury claimed that millions of migrant workers had returned to Bengal.
Poor welfare scheme
In the third week of June in Corona, the Union Finance Minister announced that a total of Rs 50,000 crore has been allocated in the project sector for 118 districts under the Prime Minister's Poor Welfare Scheme to find work for migrant workers returning from the lockdown.
As there is no name of any district in Bengal out of these 118 districts allotted by the Center, the Finance Minister said that if at least 25,000 migrant workers return to any district, then the name of that district has been included in the project. But no list of migrant workers returning from Bengal to the Center was sent. If the state government provides any documents, it must be added to this list.
Why didn't the district of Bengal get a place?
Congress leader Adhir Chowdhury again addressed the question of Prime Minister's poor welfare scheme to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Parliament today. He said that during this lockdown, millions of migrant workers from Vinh State have returned to Bengal. Only 42 Bengali MPs in the Lok Sabha know this. Of the 10 returning districts, about 1.5 lakh migrant workers have returned to my district Mushirdabad. The Center has prepared a list of 117 districts in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Jharkhand, but why not the name of my district? I would like to ask the finance minister why Murshidabad does not have a name?
Nirmala in response to the impatience
Replying to a question by Adhir Chowdhury, the Union Finance Minister said, “The Central Government has prepared a list of more than 25,000 migrant workers who have returned to the districts till May 30, keeping in mind the migrant workers.” But the state government has not said how many workers have returned to West Bengal, whether any have returned at all. If the state does not send any information, how will the Center register its name? This has happened due to the indifference of the Bengal government.