Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee refuses to fund 'Modicare'

West Bengal To Become First State To Opt Out Of 'Modicare'

West Bengal becomes the first state to opt out of Modi's healthcare plan

West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee had earlier also expressed her discontent over the scheme.

Stating that the Centre should learn from West Bengal government in running the country, the chief minister listed major works by the government and asked TMC cadres to win every panchayat in the upcoming elections to continue with the work. "But why should the state spend on another programme when it already has its own?" This scheme was officially launched by CM Mamata Banerjeeon 30th December 2016.

The West Bengal chief minister said that the state has already made hospitalisation and medical treatment free for its citizens and sees no point in spending on a separate programme.

While Niti Ayog has captured the centre's health plan to cost Rs 5500-6000 crore a year, it has provisionally allocated 2000 crore only from the central government's budgetary allocation.

The National Health Protection Scheme has been touted as a massive endeavour, especially considering the population of India, and effective roll-out would be heavily dependent on the degree of cooperation from the respective states.

"You have decided that 40 per cent of that would have to be borne by states. Why?"

Banerjee also attacked the central government for its economic policies, demonetisation and the goods and services tax (GST), and its policy on farmers.

She also called the Budget allocation for the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao project for girls.

A day after the Budget was announced, Banerjee had said that the health scheme Centre talked about (Rs 5-lakh health cover for 10 crore poor) was also only on paper. "Now they are eying fixed deposits", she said. She asserts that she wants to repeal this bill and have requested the centre for the action to withdraw this.

After the meeting the state issued a press statement which read, '"We have specific information that some people are trying to create problems in the area by creating divisions between Hindus, Muslims and Christians".

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