Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention on Wednesday within the alleged “whimsical” functioning of the railways in sending Shramik Special trains to West Bengal each day and urged the BJP-led central authorities to not pursue politics when the state is battling the twin disaster of the COVID-19 pandemic and the path of destruction left behind by Cyclone Amphan.
The state’s infrastructure is “stretched to its limit” following the devastation brought on by Cyclone Amphan, she mentioned, including that West Bengal can obtain only a few trains carrying migrant staff every day as of now.
The state considers the ferrying of numerous migrant staff by the railways as a giant drawback for public well being. The stress ought to be “optimal and well managed”, Banerjee mentioned.
“The state government is facing a dual crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic and the devastation caused by Cyclone Amphan. Our infrastructure is completely stretched. The railways is sending Shramik Special trains to the state every day according to its whims and fancies, without even bothering to inform us,” she mentioned.
“Where will we keep these migrant labourers for institutional quarantine? This is not the time for politics. We are facing a very tough situation and we need time and space to tackle it,” the chief minister mentioned, forward of the slated arrival of 11 Shramik Special trains to the state within the night.
“They (BJP) can disturb me politically, however why are they inflicting hurt to the state? West Bengal is going through such a significant catastrophe. It will result in a spike in COVID-19 instances. Who will take the accountability then?
“I request the prime minister and home minister to look into the matter. The prime minister should intervene,” the feisty Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo mentioned.
The TMC authorities has requested the railway ministry to not ship Shramik Special trains to the state until May 26 in view of the devastation brought on by Cyclone Amphan.
Those getting back from the coronavirus hotspot states of Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu should go for a 14-day institutional quarantine, Banerjee mentioned.