Kolkata, May 20 : West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today visited Police Training School (PTS), a night after a group of personnel of Combat Force (CF) had reportedly protested against the alleged absence of basic needs (logistics) to upkeep themselves in the face of Covid-19. Ms Banerjee, who also holds the home portfolio, before going to the state secretariat to have first hand information regarding the position of Amphan, which is expected to cause heavy damage in the coastal districts, visited PTS in south Kolkata and talked personally to the aggrieved forces.
Amid pouring rains, the chief minister was seen making herself to the aggrieved forces, who were in civilian clothes, and assured them to look into the matter personally. She also ordered to provide Rs 1 lakh each to any of the personnel falling sick and take up the matter of food and lodging for the personnel and their family members. Ms Banerjee also said all the personnel should have scheduled duty hours because they are the front-line warriors in the face of Covid-19. She assured the Combat Force jawans that she would visit again at PTS and listen to them and do things for what was good for them.
She told them "let's first go away Amphan and as Covid situation gets clean I will come to PTS and listen to everything from you for remedy". She was accompanied by Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma. Sources said the Combat Force personnel alleged they have not been provided adequate safety gadgets in the face of Covid-19 and to some some extent the protocol was not maintained for pandemic. (UNI)