Smriti Irani. File Photo.
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Kolkata: Union minister Smriti Irani has said that due to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s stand against the Centre, the poor people in Bengal are getting deprived of several crucial benefits.

Irani was in the city today 10 September highlighting Modi-II government’s achievements in the first 100 days to journalists.

“Our government has taken numerous steps for the benefit of the marginalised people. But due to the stand taken by Mamata-ji leading to the stand-off between Bengal government and the Centre, the poor in the state are getting deprived of several benefits,” the Union minister said.

She pointed out that the Chief Minister neither attends nor sends representatives to the meetings convened by the Centre. Furthermore, Central welfare schemes are not implemented in Bengal.

In this context, Irani named Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (LPG scheme) and Ayushman Bharat (health insurance) that are not being implemented in the state to the loss of lakhs of needy people.

“This stand-off with Centre is making the people angry and as is evident from the latest Lok Sabha polls result in Bengal, people are growingly opting for the best alternative,” she said.

As regards the achievements of Modi-II government in 100-days, the Union minister highlighted dilution of Article 370,  repeal of Article 35A, and abolition of Triple Talaq.

On the question of the slump in the Indian economy, Irani said that the government has already taken steps to boost up the economy. The banking sector is being rejuvenated by merging 10 nationalised banks into four, she said.