Bengal CM writes to the PM to allow for CSR in Chief Minister’s Relief Funds

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written to the Prime Minister to allow business houses to contribute money for corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities to Chief Minister’s Relief Funds (CMRF).

The letter points out ‘one major infirmity in the present CSR framework as provided in the Companies Act 2013’ concerning the interest of the States. While contributions to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) was mentioned as an eligible activity under CSR in the 2013 Act, the same made to CMRFs was not considered as an activity ‘eligible for contribution under the CSR’, as per the letter.

Hence, the letter reads, ‘it will indeed be praiseworthy if contribution to CMRF in the states is also made an eligible activity under CSR. The little contribution would be very helpful to all the states to extend the much-desired assistance and relief to people in need.’

Mamata Banerjee has written that the CMRFs are always under financial constraints because of limited donations from companies, and also that, if the proposal is accepted by the Centre, the contributions will also enable the donors to claim tax breaks.


Source: Millennium Post

‘Modi hatao, Desh bachao’ is our slogan: Mamata Banerjee

Trinamool Chairperson today came down heavily on the Narendra Modi government at Centre over the issue of demonetisation and said that a man who does not even trust his own countrymen, is not fit to lead the nation. She announced that Trinamool will launch statewide protests across 1 January and 8 January, 2017 with the slogan ‘Modi hatao, Desh bachao’.

Addressing the media after a meeting of the party’s core committee at Trinamool Bhavan, Mamata Banerjee said the Nadrendra Modi government has lost credibility and had no moral right to remain in office. “A person who started his career with riots, cannot govern the country,” she added.

Calling demonetisation the biggest scam since independence, Mamata Banerjee said it was a matter of concern that people were losing their trust on the banks. India is on the brink of an economic disaster, she added.

Upping the ante against the Centre, the Chairperson said, “They have modified their decision from dawn to dusk. Who is running the country? Alibaba and his four associates are bulldozing their opinion on the country.”

“We understood the dangerous effects of demonetisation and reacted in 40 minutes. Good others have joined. More will. Better late than never,” Mamata Banerjee said.


মোদি হাটাও দেশ বাঁচাও আমাদের স্লোগানঃ মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়

আজ আবারও নোট বাতিল ইস্যুতে কেন্দ্রীয় সরকারের প্রতি তীব্র ক্ষোভ প্রকাশ করেন মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়। তিনি বলেন, এমন একজন মানুষ সরকার চালাচ্ছেন যে নিজের দেশের মানুষকেই বিশ্বাস করে না। তিনি ঘোষণা করেন যে আগামী ১ জানুয়ারি থেকে ৮ জানুয়ারি তৃণমূল কংগ্রেস রাজ্য জুড়ে নোট বাতিলের বিরুদ্ধে প্রতিবাদ কর্মসূচীর আয়োজন করবে, স্লোগান হবে মোদি হাটাও দেশ বাঁচাও।

তৃণমূল ভবনে সাংবাদিক সম্মেলন করার সময় তিনি বলেন, মোদি সরকার মোদী সরকার ক্ষমতায় থাকার নৈতিক অধিকার হারিয়েছে। তাদের বিশ্বাসযোগ্যতা শেষ হয়ে গেছে। তিনি আরও বলেন, “যিনি দাঙ্গার মাধ্যমে নিজের রাজনৈতিক জীবন শুরু করেছে তিনি দেশ চালাতে পারে না”।

স্বাধীনতার পর থেকে নোট বাতিল সবচেয়ে বড় কেলেঙ্কারি একথা জানিয়ে মুখ্যমন্ত্রী বলেন “মানুষ ব্যাঙ্কের প্রতি বিশ্বাস হারাচ্ছে। এটা খুব চিন্তার বিষয়। অর্থনৈতিক বিপর্যয়ের মুখে দাঁড়িয়ে দেশ।সূর্যোদয় থেকে সূর্যাস্ত দিনরাত ওরা নিয়ম বদল করছে, দেশটা চালাচ্ছে কে? আলিবাবা ও তাঁর চার সাঙ্গপাঙ্গ জোর করে নিজেদের মতামত দেশের ওপর চাপিয়ে দিচ্ছে”।

মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায় বলেন, “নোট বাতিলের বিপজ্জনক প্রভাবের কথা বুঝতে পেরে আমরা শুরু থেকেই এর বিরোধিতা করছি।এখন আরও অনেকে বিরোধিতা শুরু করেছেন। বেটার লেট দ্যান নেভার”।


Will give memorandum to PM on social sector schemes: WB CM

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday said she would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the state beginning Saturday and give him a memorandum regarding development of the state.

“It’s a courtesy of the government to meet the PM and (we will) give him a memorandum regarding the development of the state,” she told reporters here.

“There are some schemes where funds have been stopped. I have to talk regarding why the funds have been stopped. I’ve to talk to him why the funds were stopped for my Jangalmahal (tribal area in south Bengal),” the chief minister said.

The PM is scheduled to pay a two-day visit to West Bengal starting May 9.

“We cannot stop all social sector programmes because social sector is the backbone of society. It is our responsibility to help the poor. We will fulfil our social commitments,” she said. “The Centre has also curtailed funds for Sarbasikhya Abhiyan, 100 days work … Despite all these the development works are still on,” she stated.

Talking about the development review meeting with senior government officials earlier in the day, Banerjee said, “We had discussion on varied subjects starting from 100 days work, mid-day meal, tourism, potato cultivation, malnutrition, tea, small scale industry, women and child.”