BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: A group of 75 eminent personalities from West Bengal including the likes of famed directors like Tarun Majumdar, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Kamaleswar Mukhopadhyay, Anik Dutta, Suman Mukhopadhyay, eniment painter like Wasim Kapoor, music composer Debajyoti Misra, professor Ambikesh Mahapatra and educationist Pabitra Sarkar, editor Arghya Kamal Mitra, actors Sreelekha Mitra, Sabyasachi Chakraborty and Badshah Moitra and others, have slammed TMC MP Mahua Moitra for criticising NRI doctors, who had recently written to chief minister Mamata Banerjee voicing concern over the COVID-19 situation in the state. They had urged the Bengal government to “increase the testing pool” and raised concerns over alleged “misreporting of data”.
The eminent personalities issued a statement where they mentioned that they are “embarrassed of such a reaction from an MP in the wake of the pandemic”. In a letter to Mamata, the group of non-resident Bengali doctors, scientists, and healthcare professionals had cautioned the state government against “under-reporting of COVID-19 cases and deaths”, saying, “it will have a direct impact on the spread of the virus and lead to a massive crisis in the state”.
In response to the letter, Moitra had tweeted, “11 of 14 NRI docs writing to WB CM in the US, 2 in UK & 1 in Ger.W/due respect you choose to live practise pay taxes elsewhere Suggest you get down to work in yr adopted countries!”
Q: Ques for NRI docs
Yr adopted home UK & US have worst stats & worst handling of COVID despite devlpd econ
Poor govt comm, no PPE & supplies, health staff at risk
Why not write such letters to UK Health Secy/Trump/ state governors?
A: Much easier to become heroes here, right?
— Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) April 25, 2020
Criticising Moitra, the personalities said that such kind of reaction from a representative of a Parliament would not encourage NRI doctors in the future to come forward and offer their expertise especially during critical times. Also, at a time when the country is battling with pandemic, the state officials should not participate in politicising the matter.