West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee mentioned Monday’s video conferencing of chief ministers with Prime Minister Narendra Modi was primarily a couple of one-way communication and the chief ministers had to hear out the PM for three hours.
“We were not given a chance to speak and we were only allowed to listen to the PM for three hours. I wish we would be allowed to speak because I think a two-way communication is always better to share ideas and grievances like the ones related to IMCT (Inter Ministerial Central Team) and funds.”
There has been lots of bureaucratic tussle and political blame recreation over the IMCT’s go to to the state to assess the state of affairs and the state’s dealing with of the disaster.
She additional hit out on the Modi-led Central authorities for issuing lockdown-related circulars with out consulting the state governments and which didn’t have enough readability.
Addressing a press convention on the state secretariat, she mentioned the Centre has no thought concerning the floor realities and each state has its personal issues and grievances.”
Banerjee, who additionally leads the ruling Trinamool Congress, mentioned there isn’t any readability on the Union Home Ministry’s round on permitting retailers to stay open in non-containment areas, besides these positioned inside purchasing complexes, through the lockdown.
“On the one hand, they want us to enforce strict lockdown and on the other, they are issuing circulars to open the shops. What is going on? If they will issue such circulars, then people will come out on the roads. How can we do both simultaneously? We have sought clarity on this from the Centre on what kinds of shops and establishments will be allowed to start business.”
“I have asked my chief secretary to talk to the cabinet secretary on what exactly they want. We will wait for two days and take a final call on April 29 after talking to them. We will then sit for a meeting and convey our decision on Wednesday.”
Stating that her authorities continues to be awaiting a monetary bundle from the central authorities, Banerjee mentioned, “We have to plan a proper strategy for implementing the opening up of businesses. Therefore, we have taken two days’ time.
“The central government should make short term, mid-term and long-term plans to keep things going amid the outbreak. I will speak on this with other states as well. The centre must cooperate with the states as this is not the time for doing politics,” she added.