Addressing the nation on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that by the end of November this year, the Prime Minister’s Poor Welfare Project would provide free rations to 800 million people in the country. Each family will be given 5 kg of rice or wheat and 1 kg of gram per month. In a press conference shortly after the PM’s announcement, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced, “If the Center gives us till November, we will give free rations till June next year.”
In the words of the Chief Minister, ‘They (Central Government) have extended till November. I extended the rule of giving free rations till June next year. Free rations. ‘ The Chief Minister also said that as the administrator of the state, she is trying his best to get food of all the people of the state. She also appealed to the Center to provide rations to all the people of the state.
However, the Chief Minister has made a number of complaints against the Center regarding rations. She said, “The quality of the rice they take from FCI and give to the people is very poor. What we give is much better. Because we take rice from farmers. They did until November. I am extending it till June. ‘
This is not the end, Mamata Banerjee has complained that there is no continuity in giving rations to the Center. She said, ‘The center will give today, not tomorrow. We will continue it till the month of June. So that people can atleast have food to eat. ‘ She added, “The claim that people are getting 100 per cent rice from the center is completely wrong. 60 per cent people in West Bengal are getting it, but 40 per cent people are not getting it.
On this day, however, as a gift of the festival, the Prime Minister has announced, ‘Several festivals are coming in the next few months. With that in mind, the project of giving five kg of free ration and one kg of pulses to 600 million people every month was extended till Diwali and Chhat Pujo, i.e. till the end of November. However, Mamata Banerjee has demanded free rations for 1.3 billion people in the country.