Sangma warns, TMC's projected cash transfer scheme will drive Meghalaya into debt

He referred to the Meghalaya Youth Empowerment (MYE) Card and the "We Card" for women as the TMC's "baaki" (credit) card, implying that the party, if elected, may shift the load on the state's coffers.

Sangma warns, TMC's projected cash transfer scheme will drive Meghalaya into debt

As the 2023 Assembly elections approach, political upheaval is rampant in Meghalaya. Conrad K. Sangma, the head of the NPP in Meghalaya, and the Chief Minister of Meghalaya issued a warning against people "falling prey to such gimmicks" on Thursday as fresh political buzz emerged labeling pre-election payment promises made by parties as "debt traps." criticizing the opposition TMC, which asserted that two of its programs had received a resounding response, Sangma argued that the TMC's cash transfer programs have simply served to raise Bengal's debt over time.

He referred to the Meghalaya Youth Empowerment (MYE) Card and the "We Card" for women as the TMC's "baaki" (credit) card, implying that the party, if elected, may shift the load on the state's coffers.


In a statement, the chief minister claimed that "they don't realize that such initiatives, if done, will push the state into a debt trap, something that has already happened in West Bengal."


"The "Lakshmir Bhandar" program in Bengal has been renamed "We card." This program is one of the reasons why the TMC government in West Bengal will have a per capita debt of approximately Rs 59,000 in 2022–2023 " he explained.

The head of the NPP encouraged the people of Meghalaya to avoid trusting such guarantees, calling the TMC's promises "hollow."

In Meghalaya, the TMC failed to win even one seat in 2018. However, 12 of the 17 Congress MLAs joined it in November 2021, under the leadership of former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma. As a result, the Mamata Banerjee-led party became the dominant opposition force in the north-eastern State.


While Mukul Sangma former CM, is the party's leader in the Assembly, Charlse Pyngrope, a former senior Congress leader and former Speaker, currently holds the position of state president for the TMC. 

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