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Mamata writes to 18 CMs, seeks help for stranded workers from Bengal


By: Express News Service | Kolkata |

Updated: March 26, 2020 5:51:02 pm





People supply meals to the homeless and the poor at Howrah station on Thursday. (Express picture: Partha Paul)
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday wrote to 18 Chief Ministers urging them to present essential help to the workers from Bengal stranded of their states.

After the countrywide lockdown owing to the Covid-19 pandemic got here into impact Tuesday midnight, a lot of migrant workers from many states, together with from Bengal, are caught in varied components of the nation.

“West Bengal has many workers, semi-skilled and unskilled, working in different parts of the country. Due to complete lockdown of the country following the COVID-19 pandemic, many Bengal workers could not travel back and are stuck in different places,” Mamata has written within the letter.

“We have received information that many such workers who are ordinarily residents of West Bengal are stuck in your state too. We are getting SOS calls from them. They are generally in the groups of 50-100 and can be easily identified by the local administration. Since it is not possible for us to reach any help to them, I take the opportunity to request you to kindly ask your administration to provide them basic shelter, food and medical support during the period of crisis. We, in Bengal, are taking care of such stuck people in our state.”

Banerjee additional stated the West Bengal Chief Secretary will move on the small print of such individuals to chief secretaries of respective states to hasten up your complete course of “for humanitarian help on this hour of disaster.

Banerjee has written letters to the chief ministers of Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Telangana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, CM Banerjee additionally went to varied wholesale marketplaces in Kolkata, the place she directed the shopkeepers to keep correct distance to keep away from infections within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. She additionally directed that each one markets be open from 7am to 5pm.

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