BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Did you have a craving for sweet during the quarantine period? Well, the chief minister of West Bengal did understand the sweet cravings of the Bengalis and the West Bengal government on Monday said sweet shops are allowed to operate with minimum staff during the lockdown from noon to 4 pm. This is a first instance of a state government allowing sweet shops, which do not fall in the list of essential food items, to operate within the nationwide lockdown period.
The Mamata Banerjee government issued an order late on evening, stating sweets shops will be allowed to do business from noon to 4 pm everyday with minimum staff.
“Sweets shops/mithai shops may remain open during the (lockdown) period from 12 noon to 4 pm each day with the minimum number of staff only for take away and packed items,” the government order said.
The move comes after sweetmakers in the state wrote to Mamata last week, requesting they be allowed to open their shops.
The Paschimbanga Mistanna Byabasayi Samiti, which has 10,000 members, had mailed a letter to the chief minister’s office Wednesday, urging the CM to allow them to operate their shops, citing restaurants, which have been allowed to cater to take away orders.
The chief minister agreed to their request after a meeting with secretaries, police and the administration.