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Bengal Government Launches Massive “Duare Sarkar” Outreach Campaign Before Assembly Elections | India News


CALCUTTA: With its sights set on the 2021 assembly elections, the Trinamool Congressional administration in West Bengal launched its ‘Duare Sarkar’ (government at the door) mass outreach program on Tuesday to ensure people reap the benefits of 11 state welfare plans.
Elections to the 294-member state assembly must be held between April and May next year.
People were seen queuing in front of various pavilion and panchayat offices to take advantage of the benefits of the plans.
The outreach program will continue until January 30.
With the motto ‘jar jekhane darkar, asche apnar duare sarkar’ (the government will be at your doorstep when you need it), the program will run over two months in four phases.
“This is a revolutionary step taken by our government to ensure that no one is left out. All those who are eligible for the schemes will get the benefits. For example, Swastha Sathi (health scheme) will cover the entire population of the state,” He said. Municipal Affairs Minister Firhad Hakim in inaugurating a district office here.
The 11 schemes will be made available to beneficiaries through camps set up for this purpose, he said.
The camps will be operational from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, an official said.
Plans include the globally acclaimed ‘Kanyashree’, a cash transfer program aimed at retaining girls in schools and preventing their early marriage, ‘Khadya Sathi’, which aims to ensure the food security of 90 percent of the population. population and ‘Sikhashree’, a time grant to SC and ST students studying in classes 5-8 to reduce their dropout rates.
Other plans include ‘Rupashree’, a one-time 25,000 rupee grant to poor families during their daughter’s marriage, ‘Jai Johar’ for TS improvement, ‘Taposili Bandhu’ pension scheme for SC and the ‘Aikyashree scholarship program ‘for students from minority communities.
However, the BJP state chief Dilip Ghosh alleged that the TMC government started its election campaign with public money.
“They are using public money for the election campaign. After 10 years, if the state government has to launch a campaign to ensure that everyone gets the benefits, then the TMC leaders should be ashamed of themselves,” Ghosh said.
Hakim, while reacting to the accusations, said that Ghosh should first answer about the amount of public money spent by the BJP-led government at the Center on its advertising.

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