West Bengal

Those spreading false information to be punished severely punished: Mamata

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Kolkata, Mar 27: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said those spreading false information and rumours regarding the current situation will be severely punished. Addressing a press meet to spell out the steps taken by the State Government to fight the disaster spread by Coronavirus, she said, “This is no time for jokes and fake news.”

She announced two months’ advance allowance will be given to widows as well as to the beneficiaries of other social schemes. Ms Banerjee said constant reviews of the situation are taking place, and the public will be updated. “We will again review the situation on March 30 and decide on further action to be taken. The Centre has already announced lockdown till April 14,” the chief minister said. Banerjee said doctors and health workers working on the frontline cannot be obstructed in any way. The police have done good work – transporting pregnant women, donating blood, etc. However, there have been some bad incidents too.

People going on essential errands have been stopped; this should not have happened. Also, essential duty workers must be allowed to travel, she said.(UNI)