BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Signalling a partial withdrawal of the stringent lockdown, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Tuesday that some flower markets in Kolkata will be thrown open from Wednesday. She also made it clear that only government ration shops will distribute free grains and pulses and no political party will be allowed to do so on behalf of the government. Her aim clearly was the BJP that allegedly was taking part in the exercise.
The Chief Minister made these announcement at a joint press conference with Nobel laureate Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee vis video link from Nabanna. Banerjee is part of a panel formed by the state government to tackle the post-lockdown scenario and improve the economy.
“In several areas, a few political parties are trying to take over government ration shops and distribute grains under their party’s name. Our resources are already limited, we don’t want any kind of conspiracy at this crisis situation,” Banerjee said during the press conference.
She also announced that a few flower markets in Kolkata will be opened from Wednesday onwards.
Taking about the migrant workers, Mamata Banerjee said, “Migrant labourers will get special security. Everyone will be kept under quarantine. As of now, the group of 49 migrant workers from Tamil Nadu are safe and under government surveillance.”
The CM added that the number of coronavirus cases in Bengal stands at 69 with five deaths.
On the coronavirus cases in Bengal, Abhijit Banerjee said, “Don’t create panic. As the number of cases increase, it will create pressure on the government to track and report the positive cases. If one day 50 patients test positive, then we have a strategy on how to test more people to avoid the spread.”