New Delhi: As the nation is under 21-day complete lockdown, a number of workers from West Bengal are stranded in different states of the country. To address their concerns, state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday has written a letter to 18 chief ministers and has urged them to take care of the migrant workers from her state. Also Read - 'Why March 22, Close International Flights to India Immediately,' Mamata Banerjee in Video Conference With PM Modi
In the letter, she has urged the chief ministers to provide basic amenities to them apart from shelter, food, medical support. Also Read - COVID-19: After First Positive Case, Mamata Urges All Not to Hide Coronavirus-like Symptoms
In the letter, she has also mentioned that her state government is taking care of stranded workers from other states. “In Bengal, we are taking care of stranded workers from other states,” she said in the letter. Also Read - Coronavirus: 'West Bengal to Create Rs 200 Crore Fund to Tackle COVID-19,' Says Mamata Banerjee
Writing to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Mamata said Bengal has many workers-semi-skilled and unskilled, working in different parts of the country. Due to complete lockdown in the country for COVID-19 pandemic, many Bengal workers could not travel back and are stuck at different places.
“We have received information that many such workers who are ordinarily resident of Bengal are stuck in your state too. We are getting SOS calls from them. They are generally in groups of 50-100 and can be easily identified by the local administration,” West Bengal CM wrote in the letter.
“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 with basic shelter, food and medical support during this period of crisis. We, in Bengal, are taking care of such stuck people in our State,” she added.
The chief ministers of 18 states to whom she has written letter include Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao, Karnatak CM B S Yediyurappa, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh, Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Goa CM Pramod Sawant, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel, Andhra Pradesh CM Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath.
On Wednesday, Mamata had demanded a Rs 1,500 crore package from the Centre to support the state government’s efforts to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. “We had made the same request at the all-party meeting two days back. The Centre should announce a special financial package for the state in the current situation,” she said.
Saying that Bengal has already created a Rs 200-crore fund, Mamata said it is inadequate to procure all necessary equipment such as ventilators.