Senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Wednesday (December 30) said that the party will ensure direct cash transfer to every poor in the state if elected to power.

Chowdhury said Congress had mooted the proposal of direct cash transfer to the migrant labourers to ensure that the migrant labourers have enough liquid cash with them during lockdown and post lockdown.

At a meeting, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, “It was not empty promise. In Chhatisgarh we have already channelised over Rs 5,700 to the pocket of every poor person. We will ensure it is implemented in West Bengal too if we are elected to power in the 2021 state polls.”

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Slamming the TMC government in West Bengal, Chowdhury said that the ruling party is not doing anything for the migrant workers. The workers are yet to get the benefits of the central project as the state did not send the required list of districts having 25,000 migrant labourers.

Pointing out that migrant workers contribute to the state''s economy by sending money to their families, Chowdhury, said that the West Bengal CM has no time to think for the poor who are suffering in the state.

He said, "The migrant labourers from the state are deprived of the central package as you have not sent the names of districts having 25,000 migrant labour population, which is a criteria for getting the fund."

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"While many other states like Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh have been able to avail the fund for their migrant workers by compiling the required list and sending it to the Centre, West Bengal played traunt ... The Mamata Banerjee government does not seem to have any plan for its own people," he said.

The senior Congress leader alleged that the Bengal government is also not bothered about the increase in the prices of essential commodities.