West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that her government would bring a resolution in the Assembly against the new farm laws passed by the Centre. Ms. Banerjee, who had hit the streets against these laws, said the resolution would be brought in the Assembly “very soon”.
The Chief Minister has also spoken to farmers protesting in Delhi on two occasions in the past few weeks. She said, a number of States ruled by the Opposition parties like Punjab and Rajasthan have passed similar resolutions in their respective Assemblies.
“I do not want to indulge in politics in issues concerning the farmers. They (Centre) should discuss and settle the issues with farmers,” Ms. Banerjee said defending the State’s scheme for farmers welfare titled Krishak Bandhu. While the scheme of Centre, she said, is aimed to benefit bigger farmers the State’s scheme is for smaller farmers also.
“I have written to the Centre to send money to the State and we are willing to deliver, but they have been insisting on direct transfer…but they want to do it themselves and the intention being to bypass the State…that is their political intention,” Ms. Banerjee said.
The CM said she has written to the Centre again. “I also called up the Prime Minister recently asking why don’t they trust the state govt? All central schemes are implemented by the State govt and CAG audits,” she said.
On Monday, Ms. Banerjee held a meeting to review the celebration of the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The Chief Minister said that Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen and Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee will guide the celebrations.