An inter-ministerial central crew (IMCT) visited Kolkata and Jalpaiguri earlier this week to examine West Bengal authorities’s dealing with of the Covid-19 outbreak.
File photograph from 2015 of a gathering between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (Image Courtesy: Twitter @BJPLive)
- West Bengal CM has claimed that the state has not acquired any Covid-19 testing kits from ICMR
- Union Dwelling Secretary alleged that the IMCT was not allowed to talk to healthcare employees
- Chief Secretary asserted that the Audit Fee was fashioned as per ICMR’s advise
The disagreement between the Centre and West Bengal over the novel coronavirus disaster continued on Friday. The most recent flashpoint was over the actions of an Audit Committee appointed by the state authorities to categorise novel coronavirus deaths. As of Friday, West Bengal has reported 514 circumstances of Covid-19.
Listed below are the most recent developments within the spat between the Centre and the West Bengal authorities.
- An inter-ministerial central crew (IMCT) visited Kolkata and located discrepancies within the information about deceased Covid-19 sufferers compiled by an Audit Committee fashioned by the state authorities.
- Union Dwelling Secretary Ajay Bhalla, in a letter to West Bengal Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha mentioned that the state administration must cooperate with the Centre within the combat towards Covid-19. In his response, Sinha claimed that the IMCT was supplied with all assist for its survey of Kolkata and Jalpaiguri.
- In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that the IMCT arrived sooner with out sufficient prior intimation. She additionally questioned why West Bengal was chosen for the IMCT’s evaluation.
- IMCT submitted its preliminary findings to the Ministry of Dwelling Affairs (MHA) on Friday. Following the submission, Union Dwelling Secretary Ajay Bhalla wrote to West Bengal Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha saying that the state administration had not allowed the IMCT to work together with healthcare employees on the bottom. This was obstruction of the Centre’s orders underneath the Catastrophe Administration Act, wrote Bhalla.
- The IMCT additionally despatched a letter to West Bengal Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha, asking him to clarify the methodology utilized by the state’s Audit Committee to categorise deaths as coronavirus-related or in any other case.
- In his response, West Bengal Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha on Friday launched figures stating that 57 sufferers, who examined optimistic for Covid-19 within the state, have died. Solely 18 of these deaths will be attributed to Covid-19 with the remaining 39 occurring as a consequence of pre-existing circumstances or co-morbidity, Rajiva Sinha claimed.
- On Thursday, the West Bengal authorities banned cellphones in Covid-19 hospitals. Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha mentioned the choice was taken to guard sufferers from the germs cellphones carry. This transfer got here after Union Minister Babul Supriyo posted a video from an isolation ward in Kolkata’s MR Bangur nodal hospital. Within the video, two lifeless our bodies will be seen mendacity within the ward whilst different sufferers are current in the identical room.
- West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on April 22 claimed that the state had acquired no Covid-19 testing kits from the Indian Council of Medical Analysis (ICMR). She additional claimed that the Well being Division ordered some kits which at the moment are in circulation.
- Union Minister Babul Supriyo additionally skilled his weapons on the West Bengal authorities’s dealing with of the Covid-19 disaster. He posted a video on Twitter exhibiting mismanagement on the Uluberia sub-divisional Hospital in Howrah.
- During the last 24 hours, West Bengal has recorded 51 new circumstances of Covid-19 whereas the demise toll within the state rose to 18 throughout the identical interval. Out of those new circumstances, 51 per cent have been reported from Kolkata which is now rising because the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak in West Bengal