BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Soon after the video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters at a press conference at Nabanna that she had proposed that 6% of the GDP should be allocated for the National Economic and Health package to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
Banerjee referred to that USA and Japan where both countries had allocated 10% and 20% of their respective GDPs to deal with the health crisis.
Though the chief minister let it be known that the state will remain under lockdown till April 30, she announced a slew of concessions for traders, small businesses, daily wagers and the common people. Some of the new guidelines are as follows:
- Kolkata Police and the KMC will shift crowded markets to open areas to avoid over-crowding.
- Markets will open at 10 am and close at 6 pm so that social distancing norms can be maintained.
- Bakeries that were shut earlier can now operate in the state.
- Drones will be deployed n specific area to keep an eye on over-crowding.
- Flour mills oil mills, bakeries and packaged drinking water plants will be allowed to operate provided they maintain the guidelines announced by the Centre.
- Schools, colleges and other educational institutes will now reopen on June 11.