Krishnanagar, Jan. 14: In a counter initiative to encourage the postal officials so that they continue delivery of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s letters on Ayushman Bharat scheme, the BJP leadership in Nadia have began visiting post offices in the district from Monday.
The BJP leadership which has decided to visit every major post office in the district as well as to visit door to door to appraise about the scheme began the endeavor from Krishnanagar head post office when party’s Nadia (North) committee president Mahadeb Sarkar met the officials and assured to stand by them.
On Saturday Nadia Trinamul chief Gourishankar Dutta visited Krishnangar head post office with party supporters and threatened to shut down post offices in the district if delivery of Modi’s letter continued.
BJP’s visit to post office is aimed to boost up morale of the postal employee countering tbe threat.
On Monday, Sarkar with about one hundred party activists entered Krishnanagar head post office, met officials, postmen talked to them and urged them to work without any prejudice and fear. He told the officials, “You are all central government employees. The government has assigned you a job in public interest for welfare of poor people. So you should do your job. Being the party at the centre we will extend our support…’
Post master Pranata Bag was not the post office. But, subordinate officer told Sarkar, “Your words will be conveyed to the post master…’.
A senior officer of postal department in Nadia, however, expressed his sheer annoyance and concern about the way the two parties targeted the postal officials.
“It is like a tug of war between BJP and Trinamul…Both pulling us in their favour. This has created a serious security concern for us, particularly the way Trinamul leadership threatened us. The postmen are very afraid as they are to meet the deadline of delivery”, the official said.
On Saturday, Nadia Trinamul president Gourishankar Dutta visited Krishnanagar post office and threatened post master to shut down post offices if delivery of prime minister’s letters is continued. Dutta asked to stop delivery else it will be construed that postal officials working as BJP activists using go post office as “extended” party office e of BJP.
“If you ignore my instructions, we will lock the post office from outside keeping all officials inside”, Dutta said.
In many places in Nadia, delivery of the Ayushman letter was prevented by Trinamul workers much before chief minister announced her pull out decision from the scheme. But, even after the exit Trinamul leadership decided to continue tirade as they found potential threat in the letter that could erode their support base.
“We will not allow Modi’s letter with his picture to enter Bengal household…” Dutta said.
BJP’s District (North) president Mahadeb Sarkar found Trinamul’s opposition to the letter as an unexpected “dividend”.
“We will go door to door with copies of the letters to appraise people that how Trinamul conspired to reduce the medical benefit under the scheme by pulling out of the scheme showing a fictitious cause.
Initially Mamata Banerjee’s government refused to join Ayushman scheme titled as PM-JAY as it
had its own Swasthya Sathi scheme. However, it later agreed to join the scheme merging the Swasthya Sathi with Ayushman Bharat scheme that helped to increase the coverage from Rs.1.5 lakh under Swasthya Sathi to Rs 5 lakh. But, the exit from the scheme would reduce the coverage amount again back to Rs.1.5 lakh and also exclude around 47lakhs people who were brought to the joint scheme to which state government agreed after much dilly dally.
Trinamul Nadia President Gourishankar Dutta, said, “Our protest is against certain principles. It is more against conspiracy of centre that deliberately using central government machinery against state government. Let the BJP find out people to man their party offices instead of post offices else people will shut down those too in coming days”.