TN, Bengal governments announce last-minute schemes to woo voters

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NEW DELHI: Just hours before the

Election Commission

was scheduled to announce the poll dates for five states,

Tamil Nadu


West Bengal

governments made last-minute announcement to woo voters.
Following the EC announcement, the model code of conduct will come into force.
Taking to Twitter, West Bengal chief minister

Mamata Banerjee

said her government has decided to hike wages of daily labourers.

I am pleased to announce a HIKE in the wages of daily wage workers under WB Urban Employment Scheme: > To ₹202 p…

— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) 1614333473000

A total of 56,500 workers (40,500 unskilled, 8000 semi-skilled, 8000 skilled) will benefit from this.These wages a…

— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) 1614333474000

The wages will be hiked to Rs 202 per day from Rs 144 for unskilled labour, Rs 303 from Rs 172 for semi-skilled and Rs 404 for skilled labours.
"A total of 56,500 workers (40,500 unskilled, 8000 semi-skilled, 8000 skilled) will benefit from this. These wages are in parity with rural workers’ enhanced pay (MNREGA unskilled & semi-skilled). Budget provision for this step has been made available for both FY21 & FY22," the TMC chief said.
In a similar bid to woo voters, Tamil Nadu chief minister

K Palaniswami

on Friday announced that the government will waive loans taken against jewellery by the poor, farm labourers and women self help groups.
Palaniswami said poor people and farm labourers are finding it difficult to pay back these loans taken to tide over their financial difficulties during the Covid-19 pandemic period.
He said in order to help them out the government has decided to write off loans taken by pledging up to six sovereigns by poor and farm labourers from cooperative societies.

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