The Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) despatched to West Bengal to take inventory of the COVID-19 state of affairs has requested a presentation on the state’s preparedness in tackling the pandemic.
It has additionally demanded cooperation from the state authorities for visits to affected areas, hospitals, markets, and quarantine services within the state.
In a letter addressed to Chief Secretary of the state Rajiv Sinha Wednesday, the IMCT has requested an in-depth presentation by the well-being division detailing if the extent of testing within the state is enough and whether or not the testing services accessible there are being utilized in full.
The letter additionally seeks to know the protocol adopted for testing and the extent at which the conduct of a COVID-19 check is authorized.
It has additionally sought a presentation on the supply of security tools like PPE and masks, and of oxygen beds, ICU beds, ventilators, and so on, and the variety of surveillance groups in hotspots and containment zones.
The IMCT stated it could additionally like to go to among the hospitals, quarantine facilities, hotspots, and market locations and straight work together with the well-being professionals and most people.
Stating it had info that West Bengal was not cooperating with the Inter-Ministerial Central Teams despatched to the state for evaluation of the state of affairs in COVID-hit districts, the Ministry of Home Affairs wrote to the state authorities Tuesday, reminding it that the Centre’s orders had been binding on the state.
The ruling TMC reacted angrily, saying whereas states had been preventing the coronavirus, the Centre was preventing states. In a late-night letter Tuesday, Chief Secretary Rajiv Sinha wrote again, “It will not be an undeniable fact that central groups haven’t been supplied any cooperation by West Bengal govt.
In truth, the groups arrived with none prior session with us, and, due to this fact, there was neither such an alternative to offer any logistic help, not the Team requested for any assistance.”
Amid the tussle between the Centre and the state, the Trinamool authorities assured cooperation to the 2 Inter-Ministerial Central Teams that landed within the state on Monday.
Earlier within the day, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged that defective testing kits had been dispatched to the state.
Addressing a press convention, Banerjee stated canards had been unfolding that the state was not conducting enough testing. “This is absolutely false. Faulty kits were sent to Bengal which have now been withdrawn. We didn’t even get adequate testing kits,” she stated.
Citing frequent lockdown violations in sure states, the Home Ministry had on Sunday stated groups could be despatched to the Opposition-ruled states of West Bengal, Maharashtra, and Rajasthan, apart from Madhya Pradesh.
While the North Bengal team couldn’t transfer out the complete day on Tuesday, the team in Kolkata stepped out within the morning solely to be informed by police to make a U-turn.