West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool on Wednesday, released the election manifesto of the party, promising a minimum monthly income if voted to power. Under the scheme, which is a renewed version of Congress's Universal Basic Income promise of Lok Sabha election 2019, the woman guardian of every family (general category) will get Rs 500 every month, while the amount will be Rs 1,000 for SC/ST/OBC families.
"This is for everyone. This is not any job or anything. There will be no discrimination. But women guardian will get this, as part of our women empowerment programme," the TMC supremo said.
Ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections, Didi also promised that around five lakh jobs will be generated for the people here. The manifesto included that a student credit card of Rs 10 lakh at only 4 per cent interest, where the government will be the guarantor. “Parents will not have to worry about the higher education of their children,” she said.
"This is not a political manifesto. My manifesto is development-based because I believe where there is a will, there is a way. This is a manifesto of the people, for the people, and by the people. Elections will come and go, but people will be there forever. There are many things that exist only in Bengal. In Bengal, we give 731 days of maternity leaves. Because we believe in women empowerment," Mamata said on announcing universal basic monthly income.
"We have not decided the name of the scheme yet, because we can't call it a stipend. A stipend is for students. I don't think we can give our mothers a stipend. The name will be finalised later," she added. Talking about the Nandigram incident and its arch-rivals counterattack, she said, "It doesn't matter what they say. All doctors of SSKM lied? The MRI report is also wrong?"