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March 15, 2023

In favour of giving rights, not taking them away: Mamata Banerjee

In favour of giving rights, not taking them away: Mamata Banerjee

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had attended a programme to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Rishi Aurobindo, where she presented the keynote address.

Highlights of her speech:

There needs to be decentralisation of judicial cases. I am announcing an allotment of Rs 45 crore for Alipore Judges’ Court from the next Budget. I am suggesting an ex gratia of Rs 50 lakh each to the families of judges who died from COVID-19.

More awareness needs to be generated on the legal cell the state government runs for those unable to pay court fees or are unaware of the processes.

I have no sympathy for those who commit crimes. But everyone who commits a crime is not a Trinamool cadre. I never look at the colour when taking action against someone guilty. But the court needs to think of those who have not committed any mistake.

You may not like me or my party. But for that, do not waste the careers of the state’s youth.

The Union and state governments run on different financial strictures. A state government cannot print money. There is only one tax now—GST, and hence the Union government fully controls the tax system.

A state government employee cannot expect DA at the same rate as a Union government employee. We have Swasthya Sathi, Lakshmi Bhandar, free schooling and free ration. We are a humane government.

I respect judges’ rulings. I am not in favour of taking away rights but in giving them. Only what is legal can be a right.