The inter-ministerial central team (IMCT) deployed to Kolkata for surveying the measures for Covid-19 administration taking place in the ongoing lockdown. A team from the Center visited a separate center located in Rajarhat area near Kolkata to assess the status of Covid-19. Two center teams are on a tour of West Bengal to see the state’s preparations in fighting Covid-19. The inter-ministerial team present in Kolkata on Wednesday asked the state government for detailed details about the level of test check in the state and whether oxygen, ICU beds and ventilators are available in sufficient numbers. Not only this, the team went through various parts of the city, including Lake Gardens, Jadavpur, Bhowanipore, Ballygunge and Gariahat.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee protested against the Centre’s move to send inter-ministerial teams into the state to look into violations of lockdown measures that were announced to curb the spread of the covid-19 pandemic. She sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which said that “sending of the inter-ministerial central teams (IMCT) into several districts–Kolkata, Howrah, Medinipur East, 24 Parganas North, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Jalpaiguri–amounted to a “unilateral action” by Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah. I am sure you will kindly agree that such unilateral action on the part of the central government is not desirable at all, especially in the backdrop when both central and state governments are working together relentlessly round the clock to contain the covid-19 crisis,”
The action has been taken, as there have been a low number of cases in West Bengal, there has been criticism about the way the covid-19 crisis has been managed in the state, especially over testing patients and deceased suspected of having the fatal respiratory disease. Though the assessment teams are not only meant for West Bengal. Of the six teams, two each are for West Bengal and Maharashtra, while one is for Indore in Madhya Pradesh and another for Jaipur in Rajasthan. In Maharashtra, the two teams will visit Mumbai and Pune.
Here, the Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, directed a tweet to Mamata Banerjee and said, “Urge @MamataOfficial to ensure seamless way forward for Central Teams. Concerned at Rebuff to Central Teams. Red Carpet visit of WHO to East Midnapur and Bishnupur. What outcome and gain of WHO visit? Declare! Time to take to Constitution. Let concerned handle Mikes/Brooms.”
On Thursday, Mamata Banerjee, in response, wrote a letter to the governor. In her letter, Mamata accused the governor of the state of violating constitutional norms. She said that the Governor is constantly interfering in the work of the state administration.