Centre making conflicting statements on lockdown for Coronavirus Outbreak

Center conflicting on lockdown said Mamata and not offering funds to states.

Center conflicting on lockdown said Mamata Banerjee, and she alleged funds are usually not being supplied to the state for preventing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing a press convention after attending a gathering Prime Minister Narendra Modi held with chief ministers via video conferencing,

If you open shops, how will you enforce lockdown

Banerjee mentioned she has a “hunch from the prime minister’s body language” that the lockdown could proceed past 3 May. However, there was no affirmation.

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Noting that many chief ministers and their representatives couldn’t converse owing to the rotation system, she mentioned, given an opportunity, she would have raised a number of questions, together with the necessity to ship central groups to West Bengal.

Opening of Shop: center conflicting lockdown Mamata

“The Centre is making conflicting statements on lockdown. There is not any readability. We are in favor of lockdown. But the Centre, on one hand, emphasizes enforcement of the lockdown, and on the opposite hand, it points an order to open outlets,” Banerjee mentioned.

“If you open shops, how will you enforce lockdown? I think the Centre should come out with a clarification,” Mamata mentioned.

States needs fund Lockdown might continue: center conflicting lockdown Mamata

Mamata maintained that after the Centre gives larger readability, the state authorities would take a name on reopening standalone outlets.

Banerjee lauded the efforts of states in containing the pandemic and mentioned the Union authorities are sending central groups to states however not giving them funds to cease the unfold of the contagion.

“The Centre is sending groups, issuing new circulars and giving us lectures however it’s not doing sufficient to launch the funds to fight the pandemic.

I haven’t got any downside with the circulars however there should be some session.

They ought to have requested the opinion of states. Bengal has achieved an important job thus far in preventing the pandemic,” she mentioned.

Banerjee mentioned smaller states have been allowed to talk on the assembly and it will have been higher if bigger states have been permitted, too.

“We could have raised the issues relating to the need or sending central teams and lack of clarity regarding the orders issued by the Union government. We were just mute spectators during today’s meeting,” she mentioned.

When requested whether or not the lockdown can be prolonged, she mentioned the choice might be taken by the central authorities and the state will abide by it.

Lockdown might continue

“Although the prime minister didn’t say anything (about extension), I had a hunch from his words and body language that the lockdown might continue,” she mentioned.

She additionally mentioned including demarcation of containment and non-containment zones and the plans to stem the unfold of the illness will stay in place until 21 May.

Criticizing the central authorities for placing on maintaining the increment in Dearness Allowance (DA) of its staff, Banerjee wished to know why funds have been stored apart for rebuilding the Central Vista in Delhi.

“We have not taken any such decision to slash the salaries of our employees. What is the need for keeping aside funds for the construction of a new Parliament building? Why is the Centre not revamping ongoing projects to raise funds? We have done it in our state, where we have revamped several projects,” she mentioned and Center conflicting on lockdown said Mamata.

Demanding that the RBI launch funds at decrease rates of interest to states, she mentioned the Centre ought to evaluate the 15th Finance Commission allocations because the financial state of affairs has modified following the COVID-19-induced lockdown.

Problem with Tea Garden Worker

If tea backyard staff are usually not getting wages, MNREGA staff not getting work, Centre has to bear accountability, Banerjee mentioned.

The chief minister additionally introduced the formation of a cupboard committee on COVID-19 administration to be led by Finance Minister Amit Mitra.

The chief minister mentioned the state authorities have determined to permit the housing supply of non-essential gadgets.

The listing of areas beneath purple, orange, and inexperienced zones, categorized in accordance with the depth and unfold of the illnesscan even be made public, she mentioned.

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Updated Date: Apr 27, 2020 12:21:27 IST