KAKDWIP (WEST BENGAL): After protests in several cyclone-affected areas of
, chief minister
on Saturday urged the people to have patience as the administration was working tirelessly to restore water and
She also denounced the “negative campaigning” against her government, saying “this is not the time to do politics”.
The chief minister conducted an aerial survey of the worst affected regions of South 24 Parganas district for the second consecutive day, after accompanying Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday.
“We are facing four challenges at a time, Covid-19, lockdown, issues related to migrant labourers and now the cyclonic disaster,” she said.
After holding a review meeting at Kakdwip in the district, the chief minister said that devastation caused by
is “more than a national disaster”.
Banerjee said that the people should understand the “ground reality” and cooperate.
At the meeting, she directed the district administration to utilise local people in order to restore normalcy in the region.
“Take the help of the local people. They may not be able to help you technically but at least they will be able to help you remove the posts or do some basic work… include them in the 100 days’ scheme and also utilise people of self-help groups,” Banerjee said in the presence of senior district officials, including District Magistrate Dr P Ulaganathan
She said that the Odisha government has agreed to send personnel to help in the process of cutting trees which were uprooted during cyclone Amphan.
The chief minister also directed the district magistrate to ensure that people get enough drinking water and there is no complaint about it.
“There are huge losses in your district. Our challenge is to restore normalcy. Ensure that all people get drinking water. If needed, start supplying drinking water pouches” she said.
She said since the state government does not have much fund, it must spend accordingly.
The chief minister also said that those injured in the cyclone will get Rs 25,000 each and the state will bear expenses for their treatment.
Three days after Cyclone Amphan hit West Bengal, several areas of the city are still without power and water supplies, triggering protests by residents.
“There are a few areas in Kolkata where there is no electricity (after cyclone Amphan) hampering water supply. I have called up the CESC (Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation) at least 10 times. Even I do not have a proper phone network… I cannot watch television at home…,” the chief minister said.
“People should understand the ground reality and have patience. Some of you have started negative campaigning against the government. This is not the time to do politics,” Banerjee said.
Until power supply is normalised, the chief minister said, she has mooted an idea to the CESC to hire 150 generators.
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