Bhartiya Janta Party MLA from West Bengal Suvendu Adhikari wrote a letter to the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Piyush Goyal, saying that West Bengal Mamata Banerjee “befooling people by renaming the schemes ‘already’ launched by Central Government”.
On the Mamata Banerjee’s Festive Schemes Suvendu slammed CM Banerjee and wrote, “I would like to draw your kind attention towards a specific publicity material published and displayed by the Department of Food & Supplies: West Bengal Government. This poster, a copy of which has duly been annexed herewith. provides information about a ‘Festive Scheme’ made available to the AAY (Antyodaya Anna Yojana) & SPHH (State Priority Ration Card) Ration Card holders for a limited time period starting from 23rd September 2022 till 30th October 2022.”
“The message which is being circulated by the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Department of Food & Supplies; West Bengal Government on the occasion of Sharod-Utsav (Durga Pooja), Kaali Puja, Deepawali, and Chhath Puja is being promoted as a part of the now defunct ‘Duare Ration’ scheme & so-called (non-existent) ‘Khadya Sethi’ scheme”, the letter stated.
Meanwhile, Suvendu added, “The Duare Ration (doorstep delivery of ration) scheme has always been in trouble since a was launched A vast majority of the Ration Dealers (distributors) objected to it and labeled it as impractical.”
Moreover, concluding the letter Suvendu wrote, “On the other hand, the Khadya Sathi scheme is lust another infamous ‘Sticker Scheme’ of the Mamata Banerjee Government. You (Piyush Goyal) must be aware that the West Bengal Government has been engaging in renaming the Central Government schemes to befool the general public into believing that the schemes are being provided by the State Government in order to claim credit for the benefits which are being provided by the Central Government. So. Khadya Sathi, is nothing but a label placed on the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana.”
However, the poster claims the food items that are being offered are being provided by the Central Government and not by the state government.
Furthermore, Suvendu Adhikari in his letter also urged to take note of this ‘unscrupulous’ act and seek answers from the West Bengal Government.