News By/Courtesy: Amaruvi Vijay Sudharshan | 28 Jul 2020 11:58am IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has asked the centre to set a separate fund for COVID for the state of WB.
  • She has welcomed the high throughput facilities which are going to be installed by the centre.
  • She is under the impression that the state of West Bengal is handling the crisis effectively.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has asked the center to set a separate fund for COVID for the state of WB. She has also asked the Centre to clear all financial dues of the state worth Rs 53,000 crore to help it fight the COVID-19 pandemic effectively

She has welcomed the high throughput facilities which are going to be installed by the center. Banerjee said, “We are doing well in containing the virus. You can tell the world that we are giving free treatment to COVID-19 patients. The state government is even bearing the cost of treatment of COVID-19 patients in private hospitals.”

“We have set up 106 safe houses for those who don’t want to go to government isolation centers. We have started a unique concept of COVID Clubs, our discharge rate is more than 64 percent, even though comorbidity is 86 percent. We have set up a plasma bank. We request you (PM Modi) to the funds due at the earliest. We are yet to get our dues of Rs 53,000 crore,” she said.

She is under the impression that the state of West Bengal is handling the crisis effectively. But no one knows for certain what will or will not happen. Banerjee said, “Those who survived the diseases were engaged (willingly) to counsel coronavirus-infected patients admitted at various hospitals in the state. We have set up these clubs where recovered patients can share their experience with those infected at the moment.”

The fight against the corona has turned quite serious. All the states are fighting with tooth and nail. The center is also increasing the borrowing percentage from 3 to 5. Banerjee also sought Modi’s intervention in the decision of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to compulsorily conduct terminal examinations for various courses in colleges and universities in the midst of the pandemic.

Overall, we as people have to be quite alert in handling the virus. It can go out of control very fast of proper treatment is not given. “In the prevailing situation, such revised guidelines issued by the UGC will adversely affect the interest of students of West Bengal and all over the country. I would, therefore, request you (PM Modi) to get the matter re-examined immediately and restore the earlier advisory of UGC. This will facilitate state governments to implement its decision, taken on the basis of the guidelines of UGC, issued on April 29, 2020, to protect the interest of the students at national and international levels,” she said.

 

This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion etcetera. this article is based purely on the author's personal views and opinions in the exercise of the fundamental right guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) and other related laws being a force in India, for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 28 Jul 2020 12:51pm IST


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