The Modi government has canceled the job cards of 83 lakh workers in Bengal, the highest in the country

In the current financial year, the Modi government is not allocating even 1 rupee for the 100 days work project for Bengal. It was learned on Tuesday that the matter did not stop there. Job cards of more than 83 lakh workers of Bengal (West Bengal) have been cancelled in the last year for 100 days of work.

Union Ministry of Rural Development informed this information in Parliament on Tuesday. Along with this, it also informed the Parliament that Bengal has arrears of Tk 2765.55 crore only for wages for 100 days of work.

Opposition leader Subhendu Adhikari was claiming from the beginning that all the cancelled job cards of Bengal were fake. He also complained that the ruling party has stolen money through these fake job cards.

However, if Shuvendu's argument is accepted, it may cause discomfort for the BJP as well. Because job cards of about 63 lakh workers have been cancelled in Uttar Pradesh. In the financial year 2022-2023, job cards of 78 lakh workers in Andhra Pradesh, 77 lahks in Bihar, and 78 lahks in Odisha were cancelled. The Modi government cancelled the job cards of 5.18 crore workers in one year. 

Odisha's Naveen Patnaik government is furious with the Modi government for cancelling job cards in large numbers.

On Tuesday, the government also informed the parliament in writing that the job card can be cancelled due to various reasons. One- if there is a fake job card, two- if someone moves from a village panchayat to work in the city, three- if the job card holder dies in a family of one member and four- if there is a duplicate job card.

However, social activists complain that the government has made it mandatory to link an Aadhaar card with a job card. It is not happening everywhere. And that is why the job cards of many workers have been cancelled. Their complaint is that Modi has reduced the allocation of 20 thousand crore rupees in the budget Govt.

The number of active job cards in West Bengal is now a little over 92 lakhs. In other words, the Ministry of Rural Development has cancelled almost half of the job cards in the state. The deadline for linking Job Card with an Aadhaar-based payment system has been extended till August. The Center claims that this will allow workers to be paid more quickly.

However, according to social workers involved in NREGA, the government's aim is to gradually reduce the scope of this scheme. That is why the payment process is complicated in the name of simplicity. There will be no surprise if this project is shelved in the future.

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