Now, Mamata wants Ford to set up manufacturing unit in Bengal

Ceria Alfonso
Febrero 15, 2018

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today "requested" Alfred Ford, the great grand son of Henry Ford, to consider setting up a manufacturing unit of Ford Motor Company in the state.

Where Niti Ayog assessed the outlay of this mass health care plan to somewhere around Rs 5000-6000 crore, the centre has allocated only Rs 2000 crore and the rest is expected to be the contribution from the states.

Mamata Banerjee claimed that the Bengal government had already enrolled 50 lakh people under its own "Swasthya Sathi" programme.

She added, "We have made hospitalization and treatment free in Bengal".

"We have done it even after the Centre takes away Rs 48,000 crore a year for debt-servicing the loan liability left behind by the preceding CPM government", the chief minister was quoted as saying.

Government of West Bengal already has a public healthcare scheme called "Swasthya Sathi", for the nearly 50 lakh people that includes government employees, contractual or casual labourers.

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"How the Centre could implement its new public health policy - National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) - for the poor across the country with a meager amount of Rs 2,000 crores against the experts' estimation cost of Rs 1 lakh crores", he had asked.

The chief minister also threatened to launch an agitation if the Central government decides to go ahead with the FRDI Bill. Which means Rs 3 crore for my state which has a population of 10 crore.

"If they don't take the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI Bill) back, I have chose to start a massive protest", Mamata said.

"They took away homemakers' lakshmir bhanr (piggy banks) during demonetisation, brought everyone under GST and dealt a blow to small traders and businessmen". BJP is a political party born in 1984, how can they lecture us about the origin of Hinduism?

She said that the state will not contribute its share to the programme. If people would not deposit cash then they would park their money with chit funds. We also gave Rs 1200 crore as relief to about 30 lakh farmers' families when their crops were damaged by unseasonal rain.

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