BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on announced an extension of lockdown in containment zones till July 31 with some relaxations. The decision came soon after Mamata held an all-party meeting at Nabanna in Kolkata over coronavirus situation in the state.
The meeting was attended by Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh, CPIM state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra, Left leader Sujan Chakraborty, Bahujan Samaj Party’s Manoj Howladar, and Pradip Bhattacharya from Congress.
The Bengal CM clearly mentioned that the state is not in favour of resuming metro and train service during the lockdown period, thus putting an end to the widespread speculation that the state government might allow local and metro train from July 1.
Mamata took to her official Facebook page and thanked the political party members for attending the meeting. “I would like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who attended the all-party meeting and gave their valuable suggestions on the way forward in this fight against COVID-19,” she wrote.
Bengal has 14,728 confirmed COVID-19 cases so far, with 580 deaths linked to the virus. Keeping in mind the increasing number of COVID-19 patients in the state, the government decided not to resume the services of metro and local trains. However, Mamata informed that the three pending Higher Secondary examinations will be taken in July. The CM said that at the all-party meeting, there have been some differences of opinion. However, in the end, it was decided to extend the lockdown till July 31. “The details of the relaxations will be notified soon,” said Mamata.
Meanwhile, all political parties have decided to cap on cost of treatment. The state government is going to issue another advisory to the private hospitals.
“Earlier we issued an advisory for them but they did not obey it. Again, we are going to issue an advisory for them as we are flooded with complaints where they have been refusing patients and charging excessive medical bills for treating COVID-19 patients. This is the time to serve the people and not the time for profit,” said Mamata Banerjee to the private hospitals.
The ‘nepotism’ debate has reached the Trinamool Congress government, too, and therefore, Mamata decided to set up an Amphan Committee. The decision was taken at the all-party meeting. “We are here to serve the people and I will not tolerate anyone who will indulge in any kind of politics in distribution of relief,” said the Bengal chief minister.