QKolkata: Mamata Slams Centre on Crop Insurance; Accident Kills 4

Catch all top headlines from West Bengal here.

3 min read
Catch all top headlines from West Bengal here.

1. Mamata Banerjee: Centre Making False Claims on Crop Insurance

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday, 26 December, accused the Centre of making false claims of providing crop insurance to farmers in West Bengal.

Addressing a public meeting at Mandirbazar area of South 24 Parganas, Mamata said the state government has paid 80 percent of the insurance payout.

“The Centre takes away our taxes and gives back a pittance. There is a crop insurance scheme for farmers. How much does the Centre pay? It pays Rs 20 out of Rs 100 and we give Rs 80. The state government gives 80 per cent of the cost. If we can give Rs 80, we can give the rest also. We do not need their pittance. We transferred the amount to the banks and now the Centre is taking credit for it and spreading lies,” she said.

(Source: The Indian Express)

2. West Bengal: BJP Announces Campaign on Farmer Distress

The state BJP on Tuesday announced it will conduct a month-long door-to-door campaign starting January 10 to make people aware of “farmers’ distress in Bengal” how the agrarian class has been “deprived” by the Mamata Banerjee government.

The party’s ‘Krishak Sampark Abhiyan’ announcement came days after the state government vowed to launch a crackdown on middlemen who do not pay farmers a proper price. Mamata had also said her government had tripled farmer income after coming to power in 2011.

“Farmers are being deprived in the state. Their produce is being looted by middlemen who are taking all the profit. Now, when elections are just around the corner, the state government is showing sympathy to them. It has initiated a drive to curtail the influence of these middlemen. This is nothing but drama. It is aimed at collecting election funds from such middlemen,” BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha said at a press meet.

(Source: The Indian Express)

3. Spicejet Starts Direct Flight Between Kolkata and Lilabari Under Udan Scheme

SpiceJet announced on Wednesday, 26 December, a daily direct flight on the Kolkata-Lilabari route under the regional connectivity scheme, UDAN.

Reiterating its focus on regional connectivity agenda, the airline also announced a new direct flight connecting Kolkata with Jabalpur and an additional frequency on Hyderabad-Jabalpur route. All new flights and frequencies are scheduled to commence from 15 January.

The unserved market of Lilabari, located in the Lakhimpur district of Assam, was awarded to SpiceJet under the second phase of Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme. Lilabari is the airline's tenth destination under it.

(Source: Economic Times)

4. Kolkata Man Who Lived With Dead Mother For 18 Days Sent For Psychiatric Treatment

A 38-year-old Kolkata resident who was arrested for keeping his dead mother's body locked up in their house has been sent to a hospital for psychiatric treatment. This step came after the post-mortem report of the mother's body did not indicate any foul play, police sources said.

The incident shocked Kolkata, coming three years after a similar case on Robinson Street in the city's upmarket Park Street area. In that incident, a 44-year-old man had preserved his sister's body for at least six months after her death. The horror came to light after the man's father committed suicide by setting himself on fire. The smoke attracted the neighbour's attention.

In the latest case, 77-year-old Krishna Bhattacharjee seemed to have died on 6 December but her son, Maitreyo, 38, did not cremate her body.

(Source: NDTV)

5. Four Killed in Road Accident in Midnapore

Four persons were killed and 24 others injured when a truck collided head-on with a passenger bus in West Midnapore district on Wednesday, 26 December police said.

The road accident took place around 8 am near Khejurbandhi village under the jurisdiction of Chandrokona Town police station, when the bus was on its way to Tarakeshwar in Hooghly district from Midnapore Town, the police said.

The drivers of the two vehicles and two others were killed in the incident, The Superintendent of Police (SP) of West Midnapore district, Alok Rajoria, said.

All the 24 persons injured in the accident were taken to a hospital. While 22 persons admitted to the hospital, two were treated and discharged, a police officer said.

(Source: The Indian Express)

(The Quint is available on Telegram. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to us on Telegram)

Stay Updated

Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.

Join over 120,000 subscribers!