1. Bengal wants Centre not to make Aadhar mandatory for MNREGA

Bengal wants Centre not to make Aadhar mandatory for MNREGA

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will write to the Centre asking it not to make Aadhar cards mandatory for those working under the MNREGA scheme.

By: | Kolkata | Published: June 1, 2016 8:21 PM
Born in a middle class family and daughter of a freedom fighter, Banerjee was a student of law and education. In her initial years in public life, she was mentored by veteran Congress leader Subrata Mukherjee - now ironically a senior minister in her state cabinet. (Reuters) They said the Chief Minister would soon write to the central government requesting it not to make Aadhar card compulsory till its registration was 100 per cent complete. (Reuters)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will write to the Centre asking it not to make Aadhar cards mandatory for those working under the MNREGA scheme.

Official sources said the state government was opposed to making Aadhar must for labourers as it was estimated that only about 70 per cent of them possessed Aadhar cards.

They said the Chief Minister would soon write to the central government requesting it not to make Aadhar card compulsory till its registration was 100 per cent complete.

The Trinamool Congress government also said that it wanted a discussion in Parliament and Assembly on how to conduct elections without affecting the work of the government.

“The term of a government is five years but in effect it is four-and-a-half years. Even during that time we have Parliament elections, by-polls, Panchayat and municipal polls. And when there is election in other states, they take officials from here. This affects work,” the sources said.

The sources said the state had shown the way to other states by direct transfer of money to beneficiaries in their bank accounts for its schemes like Kanyashree, Yubashree, etc.

“The credit goes to the state and not the Centre,” they added.

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