West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday requested the Centre to clear all monetary dues of the state to assist it combat the COVID-19 pandemic successfully.
Ms Banerjee, throughout an internet programme the place Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated new testing services in West Bengal, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, additionally sought the creation of a separate fund for the combating the illness.
She additionally mentioned that the cash from the state’s catastrophe aid fund was getting used for rehabilitation work after cyclone Amphan.
“I might request the central authorities to clear the monetary dues of the state instantly. We’re but to get our dues of Rs 53,000 crore. If we utilise all cash from the state catastrophe aid fund for post-cyclone restoration works, how are we imagined to combat the pandemic,” the Chief Minister mentioned in the course of the on-line programme.
Cyclone Amphan had struck West Bengal on Might 20, abandoning a path of destruction
“There’s a want for a separate fund to combat the pandemic. I might request you (the prime minister) to look into it,” she added.