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January 12, 2020 :PTI
: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday rechristened Kolkata Port Trust
after Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee, drawing criticism from the
opposition camp, which said he was more of a “name-changer” than a
while addressing the 150th anniversary programme of Kolkata Port Trust, invoked
Mookerjee and BR Ambedkar and said their contributions had led to the
development of the country post Independence, but suggestions made by them were
not implemented after they resigned from the government.
announce that the Kolkata Port Trust will now be known as Dr. Syama Prasad
Mookerjee Port. He was the father of industrialisation in India, a man who made
sacrifices for one nation and one Constitution,” Modi said, while addressing
the ceremony at Netaji Indoor Stadium here.
at a change of guard in 2021 Assembly polls, he said the West Bengal government
was not implementing central schemes as it did not help “syndicates” (cartels),
but people in this state would not have to miss out on the benefits for long.
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was scheduled to attend the port
trust programme, was conspicuous by her absence. None of the Trinamool Congress
ministers were also present at the event.
there is no syndicate or cut money involved, why would someone implement
central government schemes? I don’t know whether they (state government) would
give approval for central schemes such as Ayushman Bharat Yojana, PM Kisan
Samman Nidhi, but if they do, people of Bengal will be able to enjoy their
benefits,” he said.
prime minister also claimed that he was pained to see that the poor in the
state was not getting the benefits of the Centre’s welfare schemes.
crore farmers across the country are getting benefited (due to the central
schemes). But there will always be pain in my heart (about the schemes not
being implemented in Bengal). I will always pray to god for the welfare of
farmers and poor patients. May god give them (Bengal government) good sense…
I have a feeling that the people of West Bengal will not remain deprived of
central schemes for long,” he insisted.
who released a commemorative stamp on the occasion, said his government at the
Centre was making every possible effort to develop Bengal, its poor,
underprivileged and exploited sections.
also inaugurated and laid foundation of infrastructure projects for the
expansion and modernisation of the Kolkata Port.
of waterways has improved Kolkata Port Trust’s connectivity with industrial
centres in east India, made trade easier for our neighbouring countries,
Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal.
country’s coasts are gateways to development, the (central) government has
started the Sagarmala programme to improve connectivity,” Modi added.
the prime minister’s move to rename the port, CPI(M) politburo member Mohammed
Salim said Modi had turned into a “name-changer” rather than being a “game-
changer”, contrary to what the saffron camp had claimed when it came to power
Narendra Modi came to power, we thought his government will be a game-changer.
Now we see that the government is more of a name-changer. This name-changing,
however, will not have any material impact on the port’s performance,” Salim
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