Kolkata, Apr 28: Asserting that "It's no time to sharpen knives against Governor or Central Government, " West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Tuesday said,
"Real time look at the situation not bravado must for way forward."
Taking to his Twitter handle, Mr Dhankhar said, "Our people must be our concern @MamataOfficial Focus on suffering not demagoguery.”
Stating that the Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) was making studied headway catalyzing situation, the Governor said." "No time to sharpen knives against Governor or Central Government. Real time look at the situation not bravado must for way forward”
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday announced of setting up a Cabinet committee on COVID-19 management and said the Central Government must prepare a long-term, short-term and mid-term plan after consulting the State Governments.
Ms Banerjee said, “We are setting up a Cabinet committee on COVID-19 management with Minister Amit Mitra, Partha Chatterjee, Chandrima Bhattacharya, Firhad Hakim and the Chief Secretary, the Home Secretary and the Health Secretary. They will take care of every covid-related issue and report to me."
"The Central government must prepare a long-term, short-term and mid-term plan after consulting the state government because if the state governments who have to implement the central government's decisions, " she added.
"We want to fight COVID-19 and will follow every guideline. But it should be proper, transparent and without any political interference. My Chief Secretary and Home Secretary cannot do video conferencing for three hours every morning with IMCTs. When will they work then? " she asked.
“We are bringing back students from Kota and helping those stuck in Vrindavan. We are doing as much as we can, but we also need funds. If the central government doesn't help, where will we get funds?" she also asked.
"We want to be cautious till May 21. We have identified the red, orange and green zones and have a short-term, mid-term and long-term plan. But decision on lockdown will be taken by the central government. We will abide by all the guidelines provided by the Centre," the Chief Minister stated.
“We were seeking certain clarifications from the central government. The Home Ministry said the lockdown has to be strict and then they are asking all the shops to open. You have to stick to one decision. If everyone starts going to shops, there will be more people on the road. So which one should we follow? I want to follow complete lockdown as per government guidelines but if all shops open, how can I stop people from going to shops or someone from opening their shops? We need some clarity. We will meet day after tomorrow once we get clarity from central government, " she noted. (UNI)