kolkata sources stated that Railway minister piyush goyal on thursday accused the West bengal government, led by chief minister mamata banerjee, of depriving the people of the state of the benefits of central schemes such as the Ayushman Bharat and prime minister Kisan Yojana. He said the cpi and the CPI(M) had earlier partnered with the congress at the Centre and Banerjee's trinamool congress (TMC) was also part of the Congress-led UPA government, but West bengal got little central benefits.
Reportedly "Prime minister narendra modi has directed that projects of any state will be completed on priority if land and other requisites are made available," Goyal said while inaugurating the first phase of the east West Metro corridor. He claimed "We want to give more projects to West bengal, but the state is not allowing those". Furthermore Goyal, who also holds the important commerce portfolio in the modi cabinet, said 8.88 lakh farmers across the country received the benefits of the prime minister Kisan (PMK) Yojana, but no one from West bengal got those due to the refusal by the mamata banerjee government.
He said "In the Ayushman Bharat programme, nearly one crore people have got the benefits, but people of bengal were deprived of it". Moreover Goyal said 83 percent route kilometres of the Eastern Railway were electrified now and the remaining work was in progress so as to achieve 100 per cent electrification by 2021. Perhaps he also dedicated to the nation a 3-MW rooftop solar power plant at the Howrah station, which was installed without incurring any capital expenditure by the indian Railways.