Mamata Banerjee launches "Government At Doorstep" scheme
From December 1, West Bengal will launch an initiative to take government services to the doorsteps of people. The name of the initiative is ‘Duare Duare Sarkar' or government at the doorstep. To run till Gandhi Jayanti on January 30, the initiative will try and deliver pending services to people.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will launch an initiative to take government services to the doorsteps of people from December 1. The name of the initiative is ‘Duare Duare Sarkar' or government at the doorstep. To run till Gandhi Jayanti on January 30, the initiative will try and deliver pending services to people.
The Chief Minister said, “From 11 am to 3 pm every day from December 1, government camps will be held in every block in the state where people can come and demand any service they have not received yet. We will try and provide it right away. If that is not possible, names of all applicants will be listed and the services delivered perhaps to 10 people at a time.”
Ms Banerjee announced 100 percent scholarship for adivasi students and promised housing to those who haven't got one yet, among other services.
The administration was also asked to speed up distribution of bicycles under the Sabuj Sathi scheme.
Ms Banerjee said in many central projects, young people got jobs but once the scheme had run its course, then everything shut down and they became jobless. "I met several young people who told me this. But in Bengal, there has not been a single such case in the case of state-run schemes," she said.
"They take our money and send a percentage back. For 100 days work, money comes in 3 months. Why? People should get it within 7 days. I have never cut jobs. I have increased age limit for job application eligibility. In the country, unemployment has increased by 49 percent. We have reduced it by 40 percent in Bengal," Ms Banerjee said.
However, the new scheme met with criticism from state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh.
Ghosh said, "Just before elections, you remember adivasis (tribals) and jangalmahal (that includes tribal dominated districts of Bankura, Purulia, West Midnapore and Jhargram). People have understood such announcements are being made just for the polls. She is talking about education for adivasi girls now. What was she doing for 10 years?"