Fact Check: Is Mamata’s Slum Dwellers’ Scheme Photo Of Bangladesh’s Residential Project?

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Bhubaneswar: With elections around the corner, political parties in West Bengal are scrambling to highlight their achievements and projects. A photograph of a residential project has gone viral with the claim that buildings have been constructed for slum dwellers under one of Mamata Banerjee’s schemes.

The picture has a caption in Bengali that translates to, “Is it true? Does it happen in reality? Slum dwellers of Golf Green have received keys for flats developed under Didi’s ‘Amar Bari’ (My House) scheme. Flats for slum dwellers might seem to be a dream but it has been made true by Mamata.”

The Bengal government had initiated a housing scheme for slum dwellers along Golf Club Road but the photo used is of a residential complex built by the Bangladesh government for slum dwellers in Cox’s Bazar city. The project was for slum dwellers who were evicted to give way for the airport expansion project.

India Today has posted a photograph of the original project undertaken by the Bengal government:

Photo Credits: India Today

 

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