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Modi government tries to deceive West Bengal farmers: TMC | India News

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CALCUTTA: On Friday, the Trinamool Congress accused the Center of trying to deceive West Bengal farmers by repeatedly blaming the state government for depriving them of cash benefits under the ‘Prime Minister Kisan Nidhi Samman’ scheme.
“The BJP is repeatedly saying that West Bengal farmers are being deprived of cash under this scheme. That is not true. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had asked the Center to distribute the cash benefits through the state government and not directly to farmers.
“The intention of the Modi government is to reap political benefits,” TMC deputy Sougata Roy told reporters.
Roy also said that the new farm laws will help businesses and usher in contract farming in the country.
The Union government used the “gross majority” in parliament to pass new agricultural laws, which also removed potatoes and onions from the list of essential commodities, he said.
This is causing the prices of potatoes and onions to rise on the market, which is becoming difficult for state governments to control, said the senior TMC leader.
The West Bengal government, under its ‘Krishak Bandhu’ scheme, has disbursed Rs 2,642 crore to state farmers and the budget allocation to the agricultural sector increased fivefold, Roy said.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi disbursed Rs 18,000 crore to 9 crore farming families in the country.

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