Meeting polls due in Bengal subsequent 12 months, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the present day outstripped Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise to offer free grain to folks until Chhath Puja — often held in November. In Bengal, folks will obtain free ration until June subsequent 12 months, the Chief Minister stated.
“Bengal will give free ration until June 2021,” Ms Banerjee stated minutes after PM Modi’s handle to the nation this night.
“The standard of ration is best than that of the Centre,” she additionally claimed, including, “Solely 60 per cent folks in Bengal get central rations”.
Earlier in the present day, PM Modi stated a key authorities scheme to distribute free foodgrain to 80 crore of India’s poorest — began with the countrywide lockdown towards coronavirus in March — will probably be prolonged until November-end to offer reduction in the course of the competition season.
“Protecting in thoughts all of the festivals which are arising within the subsequent few months, this scheme to offer 80 crore folks with 5 kg free ration and 1 kg dal (pulses) monthly will now be prolonged until Diwali and Chhath Puja, or until the top of November,” PM Modi stated, addressing the nation for the sixth time after the coronavirus outbreak.