Namkhana (South 24-Parganas): Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee criticised the Centre for playing “nasty politics” over crop insurance. She was addressing the administrative review meeting at Indira maidan here on Thursday afternoon.She instructed the administration not to take the Centre’s assistance and said the state government could pay the crop insurance of farmers on its own. It may be recalled that the steps taken by the BJP-led Centre to assist the farmers have been described as a “a big hoax” by the Chief Minister at a meeting held in Mandirbazar on Wednesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”For crop insurance we pay Rs 80 while the Centre pays only Rs 20. But the Centre publishes photographs in a way as if they are paying the entire amount. The state BJP leaders have misled the people saying that the Centre pays the crop insurance. I will not allow this nasty politics to happen. If needed we will pay the entire amount and would not need the Centre’s assistance,” Banerjee said. She urged the Panchayat Samity and Zilla Parishad members and MLAs to go to the people and make them aware of the various projects taken up by the state government for the benefit of common people. “Go to the people, talk to them and tell them about the projects we have taken up for their benefit,” she said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShe said the state government would procure paddy from the farmers directly from January 3, under the ‘give paddy and receive cheque’ scheme. “We will not allow the middlemen to oppress the farmers. The state government will pay Rs 1,750 to the farmers for a quintal of paddy. The middlemen take Rs 200 from them. We want to put an end to this and I instruct all the Block Development Officers (BDOs) to intensify vigil.” She also asked the administration to complete distribution of Kishan Credit cards to the farmers by March 2019 and urged representatives of nationalised banks to give more loans to the farmers. She asked the police to arrest the criminals who are involved in making bombs and arms rackets. “There are some vulnerable pockets in South 24-Parganas like Mandirbazar, Kultali, Joynagar etc. and you should intensify vigil in these areas,” she said. She asked the MLAs to ensure that construction material is not dumped on roads, which causes inconvenience to both pedestrians and vehicles. The Chief Minister expressed satisfaction over the performance of the district in giving 100 days work to people. She asked the administration and chambers of commerce to introduce duckery along with poultry farming. Banerjee will attend the prize distribution ceremony of Sundarban Cup on Friday.