Updated: July 16, 2020 6:13:29 am
“We have no intention to deprive anyone. There were some mistakes in the beneficiary list for Amphan because it was made in a hurry. Some political party wants to politicise it. Some media is also campaigning on this. It creates panic. Don’t create panic among the people,” she said.
Speaking to the media from the state secretariat, Banerjee announced a tribute for those who have died while leading the fight against Covid-19. She announced one government job for their next of kin, apart from the state insurance scheme under which Rs 10 lakh will be given to the bereaved families.
At least 12 people associated with the state government have died after being infected by coronavirus while on duty.
Banerjee also announced a special gallantry award for all ‘Covid warriors’ and a certificate acknowledging their service. The ‘CM Medal for Covid Warriors’ and a certificate will be awarded to all frontline workers who have tested positive for Covid-19 and recovered. The award will be extended to private frontline workers, too. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting.
“We want to salute their spirit and their service. So many of them got infected and they came back to their jobs after getting cured. The Covid warriors are doing the greatest service to the nation. I request you all for the continued support. You are putting up the real fight,” Banerjee said.
A total of 1,200 police personnel across the state have been infected by coronavirus and most of them have resumed duty, the CM said. Thirty health officials and doctors, 43 nurses and 62 government employees have tested positive, they were all back on duty, she said, adding that 284 of them have received Rs 1 lakh as promised by the state government as one-time financial assistance to duty warriors who have survived the virus.
Banerjee urged Covid survivors to join the state government’s ‘Covid Club’ initiative and help motivate patients to overcome the virus. Thanking those from the health fraternity, she mentioned the contribution of lakhs of ASHA workers who have carried out the task of surveillance in remote areas.
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