Bengal Lockdown Dates For August Revised For Fourth Time

The Bengal authorities has withdrawn lockdowns on Sundays. (File)

Kolkata:

The West Bengal authorities has introduced modifications within the dates for the whole lockdown dates in August for the fourth time, eradicating all Sundays from the purview of the restriction to verify the unfold of the contagion within the state.

As per the brand new modifications the lockdown will now be enforced on August 20 and 21 and August 27 and 28, as an alternative of August 16, 17, 23 and 24 as introduced earlier, the federal government order stated.

The opposite lockdown dates – August 5, eight and 31 — stay unchanged.

This for the fourth time the state authorities has modified the dates. On July 28 the state authorities had thrice altered the dates.

The state authorities had on July 28 withdrawn the whole lockdown on August 2 and 9 and introduced down the variety of lockdown days from 9 to seven.

The step had then been taken after receiving requests from totally different communities for the reason that dates coincided with festivals, officers had stated.

This time too requests and appeals have been obtained from totally different quarters to loosen up the lockdown on sure dates as they’re coinciding with some festivals and days marked for the observance of native customs.

The order issued by state chief secretary Rajiva Sinha stated “We now have taken this choice to partially modify the order conserving in view of the requests obtained and in due consideration of the general public sentiment.”

Within the contemporary order, the state authorities has withdrawn lockdowns on Sundays as proposed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The change of lockdown dates elicited sharp reactions from the opposition events which criticised the ruling TMC, alleging that it’s utterly clueless and has did not handle the disaster arising out of COVID-19.

“The state authorities has not solely failed however can also be clueless about the best way ahead. The state authorities might change the dates, but it surely did not yield to our request to alter the date of August 5 the day of bhoomi pujan at Ayodhya for the development of the Ram Mandir,” BJP nationwide secretary Rahul Sinha stated.

The state BJP has requested the state authorities to shift the date because it did for the Eid pageant.

CPI(M) legislature get together chief Sujan Chakraborty stated the chief minister and her authorities had turned the thought of the lockdown right into a “farce”.

“We do not know whether or not the TMC authorities is operating an administration or a circus,” he stated.

West Bengal has thus far reported 78,232 instances of COVID-19. There are 1,234 containment zones within the state at current.

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