“PM, Amit Shah Must Explain”: Mamata Banerjee On COVID-19 Teams In Bengal

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'PM, Amit Shah Must Explain': Mamata Banerjee On COVID-19 Teams In Bengal

The centre is reportedly concerned about reports of a gradual “dilution” of lockdown in Bengal (File)

Kolkata:

Mamata Banerjee has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah to explain why the Centre wants to send a team to Bengal to examine violations and dilutions of the coronavirus lockdown. Two inter-ministerial teams are to visit seven districts including state capital Kolkata to look into reports of the lockdown rules being violated.

Shortly after the home ministry announced this in an order, the Bengal Chief Minister tweeted, saying until the Prime Minister and the home minister shared why the decision was taken, her state would not be able to cooperate.

“We welcome all constructive support and suggestions, especially from the central government in negating the #Covid19 crisis. However, the basis on which centre is proposing to deploy IMCTs (Inter Ministerial Central Teams) in select districts across India, including a few in West Bengal is unclear,” Mamata Banerjee tweeted on Monday.

“I urge both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah to share the criterion used for this. Until then, I am afraid, we would not be able to move ahead on this as without valid reasons this might not be consistent with the spirit of federalism,” she said.

Both central teams landed in Bengal within 15 minutes of the state government being informed, Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha said at a press meet.

The Chief Minister was not present at the press meet.

Questioning the manner in which the Central teams have come to state, Mr Sinha said, “We were told, not asked, about the visit of the Central teams. Two teams landed within 15 minutes of us being informed about their visits. One team landed in Jalpaiguri, another in Kolkata”.

“They are behaving as if we are hiding something. We will not let them roam around in the state. The way they have come and gone to the field with the BSF, we cannot accept this. We have said come and talk to us then decide if you need to go into the field,” Mr Sinha added.

The chief secretary will meet the teams later today and brief them.

The centre is believed to be concerned about reports of  “dilution” and “violation” of lockdown in Bengal; for example, sweet shops have been allowed to do business across the state, originally for 4 hours a day but later extended to 8 hours. That was changes today again. Both sweet shops and flower markets will now open only from 8 am to 12 noon.

Based on Intelligence reports, MHA had said in its letter of 10 April that markets are open and crowded, religious congregations have allegedly been allowed and there is crowding at ration shops where political leaders are distributing rations.

Following that alert, on 17 April, Mamata Banerjee did crack the whip and told the police that police should be deployed at marketplaces to ensure there was no crowding and the lockdown should be enforced more strongly than before. Religious congregations were banned by the state but there have been a couple of gatherings that the police had to disperse.

Six central inter-ministerial teams have been mandated to ensure compliance of lockdown guidelines such as social distancing norms, the central government says.

The teams have been assigned to.visit  is to visit – Kolkata, Howrah, Midnapore East, 24 Parganas North, Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri.

The teams will assess the situation on the ground, issue necessary directions for remedy and submit a report to the central government, officials said.

They will also take stock of the supply of essential commodities, health infrastructure preparedness, hospital facilities and sample statistics, safety of health professionals and test kits.

The state government has to provide accommodation, travel.

World

24,17,936Cases

16,16,547Active

6,35,323Recovered

1,66,066Deaths

Coronavirus has spread to 185 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,17,936 and 1,66,066 have died; 16,16,547 are active cases and 6,35,323 have recovered as on April 20, 2020 at 5:48 pm.

India

17,656 1540Cases

14,255 960Active

2,842 540Recovered

559 40Deaths

In India, there are 17,656 confirmed cases including 559 deaths. The number of active cases is 14,255 and 2,842 have recovered as on April 20, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

DistrictCases

Mumbai514

Pune134

Mumbai Suburban65

Thane31

Sangli24

Ahmednagar22

Nagpur17

Latur8

Palghar8

Aurangabad8

Raigad6

Satara5

Yavatmal4

Osmanabad4

Buldhana4

Jalgaon2

Kolhapur2

Hingoli2

Ratnagiri2

Washim1

Nashik1

Sindhudurg1

Amravati1

Jalna1

Gondia1

Details Awaited*3335

4203 552

3473 398

507 142

223 12

DistrictCases

South175

Central100

North66

Shahdara66

New Delhi56

South East33

South West24

West23

East17

North East9

North West6

Details Awaited*1428

2003 110

1668

290 218

45 2

DistrictCases

Ahmadabad79

Surat18

Bhavnagar13

Gandhinagar12

Vadodara12

Rajkot10

Patan5

Porbandar3

Mahesana2

Kachchh2

Gir Somnath2

Panch Mahals1

Anand1

Sabar Kantha1

Jamnagar1

Chhotaudepur1

Morbi1

Botad1

Details Awaited*1686

1851 247

1678 226

106 12

67 9

DistrictCases

Indore116

Bhopal70

Morena12

Jabalpur8

Ujjain8

Barwani3

Khargone3

Chhindwara2

Gwalior2

Shivpuri2

Vidisha1

Details Awaited*1258

1485 78

1284 74

127

74 4

DistrictCases

Jaipur104

Jodhpur55

Bhilwara27

Tonk20

Jhunjhunu20

Jaisalmer16

Bikaner11

Churu11

Kota10

Banswara9

Ajmer7

Dungarpur6

Dausa6

Bharatpur5

Alwar4

Udaipur4

Nagaur2

Pali2

Pratapgarh2

Dholpur1

Karauli1

Sikar1

Details Awaited*1154

1478 127

1281 124

183

14 3

DistrictCases

Chennai150

Coimbatore60

Dindigul45

Tirunelveli36

Erode32

Tiruchirappalli30

Namakkal28

Madurai24

Theni24

Karur22

Tiruppur19

Villupuram16

Cuddalore13

Thiruvallur12

Thiruvarur12

Salem12

Virudhunagar11

Thanjavur11

Nagapattinam11

Tiruvannamalai9

Kanchipuram6

Kanniyakumari6

Sivaganga5

Vellore5

The Nilgiris4

Ramanathapuram2

Ariyalur1

Perambalur1

Details Awaited*870

1477 105

1051 59

411 46

15

DistrictCases

Gautam Buddha Nagar58

Agra49

Meerut32

Ghaziabad23

Lucknow22

Shamli14

Saharanpur13

Kanpur Nagar8

Sitapur8

Varanasi7

Bareilly6

Maharajganj6

Basti5

Ghazipur5

Firozabad4

Hathras4

Kheri4

Baghpat3

Pratapgarh3

Jaunpur3

Hapur3

Azamgarh3

Bulandshahr3

Rae Bareli2

Mirzapur2

Pilibhit2

Mathura2

Banda2

Shahjahanpur1

Kaushambi1

Moradabad1

Prayagraj1

Hardoi1

Budaun1

Bijnor1

Barabanki1

Auraiya1

Details Awaited*871

1176 92

1030 71

129 21

17

DistrictCases

Hyderabad174

Nizamabad26

Warangal Urban23

Medchal Malkajgiri17

Ranga Reddy17

Nalgonda13

Jogulamba Gadwal12

Adilabad10

Kamareddy9

Karimnagar9

Mahabubnagar8

Suryapet8

Sangareddy7

Jagitial4

Vikarabad4

Nirmal4

Medak4

Bhadradri Kothagudem4

Peddapalli2

Mulugu2

Jangoan2

Nagarkurnool2

Jayashankar Bhupalapally1

Siddipet1

Mahabubabad1

Details Awaited*509

873 29

662 22

190 4

21 3

DistrictCases

Kurnool57

Spsr Nellore42

Guntur38

Krishna28

Y.s.r.27

Prakasam24

West Godavari21

Visakhapatanam20

Chittoor17

East Godavari12

Anantapur6

Details Awaited*430

722 119

610 64

92 50

20 5

DistrictCases

Kasaragod149

Kannur51

Ernakulam26

Thiruvananthapuram15

Malappuram14

Kozhikode13

Pathanamthitta13

Thrissur12

Idukki10

Kollam8

Palakkad7

Alappuzha3

Kottayam3

Wayanad3

Details Awaited*75

402 2

129

270 13

3

DistrictCases

Bengaluru Urban59

Mysuru34

Chikkaballapura10

Bidar10

Uttara Kannada10

Dakshina Kannada8

Belagavi7

Ballari6

Kalaburagi6

Bagalkote5

Bengaluru Rural5

Udupi4

Mandya3

Tumakuru2

Davangere2

Gadag1

Kodagu1

Dharwad1

Chitradurga1

Details Awaited*220

395 11

268 2

111 7

16 2

DistrictCases

Srinagar33

Bandipora24

Baramulla16

Budgam9

Jammu9

Udhampur8

Kupwara5

Pulwama4

Rajouri3

Shopian3

Ganderbal2

Details Awaited*234

350 9

289 4

56 5

5

DistrictCases

Kolkata37

Howrah15

Medinipur East12

Kalimpong7

24 Paraganas North6

Jalpaiguri5

Nadia5

24 Paraganas South4

Hooghly4

Purba Bardhaman3

Medinipur West2

Paschim Bardhaman2

Darjeeling1

Details Awaited*236

339 29

261 25

66 4

12

DistrictCases

Nuh38

Gurugram35

Palwal28

Faridabad19

Karnal5

Ambala4

Panipat4

Fatehabad3

Sirsa3

Panchkula2

Bhiwani2

Rohtak1

Kaithal1

Sonipat1

Jind1

Hisar1

Charki Dadri1

Details Awaited*84

233

143

87

3

DistrictCases

S.a.s Nagar26

Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (nawanshahr)18

Amritsar10

Hoshiarpur7

Jalandhar6

Ludhiana5

Mansa5

Fatehgarh Sahib2

Pathankot2

Faridkot1

Kapurthala1

Moga1

Patiala1

Barnala1

Details Awaited*133

219

172

31

16

DistrictCases

Siwan6

Gaya5

Patna5

Munger4

Gopalganj3

Begusarai2

Nalanda2

Saharsa2

Bhagalpur1

Lakhisarai1

Saran1

Details Awaited*64

96 10

52 5

42 5

2

DistrictCases

Khordha33

Bhadrak3

Cuttack2

Jajapur1

Kalahandi1

Kendrapara1

Puri1

Details Awaited*26

68 7

43 7

24

1

DistrictCases

Dehradun17

Nainital4

Udam Singh Nagar4

Almora1

Haridwar1

Pauri Garhwal1

Details Awaited*16

44 2

33

11 2

0

DistrictCases

Ranchi2

Hazaribagh1

Details Awaited*39

42 7

40 7

0

2

DistrictCases

Solan7

Kangra3

Una3

Details Awaited*26

39

22

16

1

DistrictCases

Raipur5

Korba2

Bilaspur1

Durg1

Rajnandgaon1

Details Awaited*26

36

11

25 1

0

DistrictCases

Golaghat9

Goalpara4

Marigaon4

Nalbari4

Dhubri3

Kamrup Metro2

Cachar1

Hailakandi1

Kamrup1

Karimganj1

Lakhimpur1

South Salmara Mancachar1

Details Awaited*3

35

17

17 5

1

DistrictCases

Chandigarh18

Details Awaited*8

26 3

13

13 3

0

DistrictCases

Leh Ladakh11

Kargil3

Details Awaited*4

18

4

14

0

DistrictCases

North And Middle Andaman7

South Andamans3

Details Awaited*5

15 1

4 1

11

0

DistrictCases

East Khasi Hills1

Details Awaited*10

11

10

0

1

DistrictCases

North Goa5

South Goa1

Details Awaited*1

7

0

7 1

0

DistrictCases

Pondicherry4

Mahe1

Details Awaited*2

7

4

3

0

DistrictCases

Imphal West1

Thoubal1

2

0

2 1

0

DistrictCases

Gomati1

Details Awaited*1

2

1

1

0

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

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