First, as is the case with almost every Central government scheme, Mamata Banerjee had initially not let the PM Kisan scheme to implement in the state of West Bengal. After the scheme became really popular in other parts of the nation, Mamata Banerjee was perhaps compelled to do something, but her administration gave the list of only 2.5 lakh beneficiaries while the real number of beneficiaries are estimated to be at least 70 lakhs.
Now comes the BJP manifesto for the state of West Bengal. It not only promises to implement PM KISAN with the increased financial assistance of ₹10,000 per year to 75 lakh farmers, but is ready to compensate what the West Bengal farmers lost out on by stating that it will provide arrears of ₹18,000 to 75 lakh farmers for the non-implementation of PM KISAN over the past 3 years.
The fact that the West Bengal farmers are eagerly looking forward to the full implementation of PM Kisan is evident by the fact that more than 20 lakh farmers have self-registered on PM Kisan portal. However, the state government has to verify all these applications.
For the Landless Farmers
The BJP manifesto has promised ₹4,000 per year to all landless farmers and sharecroppers. On top of it, the promise of free education to children of small, marginal, and landless farmers till graduation has also been mentioned. Free accidental insurance upto ₹3 lakhs for all small, marginal and landless farmers and fishermen is also promised.
So, what is the significance of focusing on landless farmers in West Bengal? A report that appeared five years ago may provide you the context as to why BJP made outreach to this segment.
Addressing the Allied Sector
Fisheries is another important sector in West Bengal, and the BJP has offered specific measures in this regard. This includes ₹6,000 per year to all fishermen under the proposed Jele Surokkha Yojana and ₹2,000 crore Jele Surokkha Fishing Infrastructure Fund.
It also speaks about making West Bengal the leading milk producer in the country by promising ₹1,000 crore for Bangla White Revolution.
The Overall Facelift of Agri-infrastructure
A ₹5,000 crore fund to ensure that farmers get the right price for their produce; ₹20,000 crore Krishok Surokkha Agricultural Infrastructure Fund and 8 hours of uninterrupted electricity for agricultural purposes are the promises in BJP’s Sankalp Patra for West Bengal.
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