Kolkata: The BJP’s Bengal unit president Dilip Ghosh on Monday lashed out at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her opposition of linking Aadhar card to mid-day meal programme in schools.
Alleging that her party was involved in corruption related to the scheme, Dilip Ghosh said that the opposition to the center’s decision was driven by concern for TMC leaders who were involved in corruption in the mid-day meal programme.
“None of the state government’s had opposed this decision only the TMC government is opposing to it. The reason is several TMC leaders are involved in corruption in mid-day meal programme and other government schemes. The Aadhaar linkage is being done to tap those corruptions. The decision is hurting the vested interests of TMC and that is why they are opposing it,” Ghosh said.
On Saturday, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee had slammed the Centre’s move as ‘shocking’.
Party leader in Rajya Sabha, Derek O’Brien had yesterday said he will give notice for a discussion on the subject on the first day of the second phase of the Union Budget session which starts on March 9.
The HRD Ministry had said that cook-cum-helpers working under the mid-day meal scheme as well as the student beneficiaries will be required to have Aadhaar cards to avail the facility.
Those who are not yet enrolled for Aadhaar cards have been given time till June 30.