On Wednesday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged the Centre to transfer Rs 10,000 each as one-time assistance to migrant workers amid trying times resulting from the deadly COVID-19 outbreak.
Taking to her official Twitter account, Banerjee said that people have been facing economic hardship of “unimaginable proportions” due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“I appeal to Central Govt to transfer ₹10,000 each as one-time assistance to migrant labourers including people in unorganized sector,” her tweet read. “A portion of PM-CARES could be used for this,” she added.
People have been facing economic hardship of unimaginable proportions bcz of the ongoing pandemic. I appeal to Central Govt to transfer ₹10,000 each as one-time assistance to migrant labourers including people in unorganized sector. A portion of PM-CARES could be used for this.— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) June 3, 2020
On Tuesday the West Bengal CM labelled super cyclone Amphan “the fiercest storm in our recent memory," and said that the destruction caused by it has been unprecedented.
Banerjee said that the state government had transferred funds to nearly 5 lakh people affected by the devastating cyclone for repairing their homes. Additionally, she announced crop damage assistance to 23.3 lakh farmers, apart from 2 lakh betel farmers.
“We’ve released ₹1444 Cr so far, against an initial estimate of ₹1350 Cr,” the chief minister tweeted on Tuesday.
“Through the resilience of Bengal and its people, along with a determined effort by GoWB machinery, we have been able to kickstart major relief and rehabilitation work for the distressed, with an immediate announcement of a ₹6250 Cr package as first tranche,” she said.