Days after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee promised punitive action for filing false claims, the TMC sent show-cause notices to nearly 200 party members and Panchayat functionaries in Nandigram and East Midnapore, Hooghly, North and South 24 Parganas.
The rise in the test-positivity ratio is also due to the fact that the government has not ramped up testing. The daily average Covid testing in the state has been hovering around 10,000-plus even as the cases are rising at a very high rate.
This change in the appraisal system has drawn criticism from the Opposition, which has accused the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government of attempting to control administrative officials in the run-up to next year’s Assembly elections.
While taxis and ride-hailing services have a two-passenger limit, buses can take on as many commuters as their seating capacity. As a result, people are facing a harrowing time reaching their workplaces.
Many houses in the island with a total of around 5,000 households suffered damage and their livelihood destroyed in the cyclone. At least 86 people were killed in the cyclone, and the Bengal government pegged the damages at Rs 1 lakh crore
The Chief Minister also told them to make it a point to let people in villages know about the positive steps taken by the state administration, and said “fake news” spread by the BJP should be challenged.
Between March 23 and April 23, the West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) received 136 complaints — more than four every day on average — about underage girls being forced into marriage.
According to the health bulletin, in which figures are updated till 9 am, eight people died of Covid-19 in 24 hours, taking the toll to 245. If deaths due to comorbidities are counted, the toll is 317.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her anxiety over the influx of migrant workers during a press briefing on Thursday. She also upbraided the Railways for sending a large number of Shramik Special trains without consulting the state.
Mamata Banerjee blamed the Railways for undoing her government’s success in “controlling the spread of Covid-19 in the last two months” by sending trains packed with migrant labourers to the state without consulting her government.
All offices in private and public sector will also be allowed to operate with a 100 per cent strength from June 1, the chief minister said, adding that social distancing has to be followed in all cases.
In Kakdwip, 60-year-old fisherman Sudhir Das said: “We have not gone out with trawlers since the lockdown started. All our money is gone. No one came here from the administration or ruling party. We will not survive like this.”
Banerjee’s announcement came a day after Railway Minister Piyush Goyal accused a number of states, including West Bengal, of not granting permission to receive the trains. The states dismissed the minister’s claim.
Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Vivek Kumar has been made the Environment Secretary, according to a notification dated May 11. Narayan Swarup Nigam, a 1998-batch IAS officer who held charge of the Transport Department, will replace Kumar.