Mamata Banerjee was sworn in as West Bengal CM on May 2 for the third time in a row. The basic income support scheme will benefit around 1.6 crore families.
The West Bengal Cabinet on Monday gave its approval for implementation of a monthly income support scheme for eligible families and two other programmes promised in the election manifesto of the Trinamool Congress, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.
The Cabinet also gave the green signal to introduce a new credit card scheme for all eligible students to pursue higher education, as well as the programme of free doorstep delivery of monthly ration to 1.5 crore households. A proposal to recruit 2,500 people in the Kolkata Police force has also got the go-ahead from the Cabinet, Banerjee said.
“It’s not even one month since the government was formed. Today, we have got approval from the Cabinet for the scheme under which female heads of general category families will be provided with Rs 500 monthly while SC/ST families will get Rs 1,000. The Cabinet also approved the Student Credit Card and the Duare Ration (ration at doorstep) scheme also,” she told reporters at the state secretariat.