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Echoing Mamata’s Views, Chhattisgarh CM Accuses PM Modi of Taking Unilateral Decisions Amid Crisis

File photo of Bhupesh Baghel.

File photograph of Bhupesh Baghel.

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel mentioned the states must be taken into confidence earlier than any measure is initiated within the battle towards the coronavirus.

  • PTI
  • Last Updated: May 13, 2020, 12:45 PM IST

Lending a robust voice of help to Mamata Banerjee who charged the Centre with discrimination, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel mentioned that leaking of central motion and communications to the media forward of informing states tantamounts to undermining their energy.

Within days of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s video convention with the chief ministers, Baghel mentioned that even the Tamil Nadu chief minister has raised concern of not coordinating and informing states forward of sending migrant trains, placing all people in a grave hazard of the novel coronavirus.

“If the statements are made (by central leaders) and the information is leaked to newspapers including about the visit of the central team, then the states are justified in getting angry,” he instructed PTI in an interview.

Making a robust case for a extra coordinated strategy within the battle towards the coronavirus, Baghel mentioned the states “need to be and must be” taken into confidence.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has not too long ago accused the Centre of “playing politics” and dubbed as “poorly planned” train of nationwide lockdown.

She had attacked Union Home Minister Amit Shah for allegedly releasing to the media a letter he had written to the state about not permitting trains to ferry migrant labourers to West Bengal.

“…why did Mr. Amit Shah need to write a letter and send that to the press? After it was out in the news, people were asking me. What am I supposed to do? Why don’t you speak to us directly? I request this must not happen to other states,” a TMC press launch had quoted her as having mentioned within the assembly with the prime minister.

In a video convention with Modi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Ok Palaniswami has opposed resumption of passenger practice providers and air providers within the state until May 31.

“We know from media that regular train service to Chennai (from Delhi) and from Chennai will commence from May 12. As the positive cases in Chennai are showing an increasing trend, don’t permit train service up to 31.5.2020, in my state,” Palaniswami had instructed Modi.

Baghel mentioned the states must be taken into confidence earlier than any measure is initiated whereas declaring had the Centre consulted states on time, lots of the hardships may have been averted.

Citing the plight of labourers who’re compelled to journey by foot on roads and on railway tracks, the chief minister of the Congress-ruled state mentioned it’s heart-wrenching to see hunger or unintended deaths.

“If the central government had done all arrangements (related to the movement of workers) before they allowed the movement of migrants, then we would have not seen such frightening scenes of large numbers of people walking on the roads barefoot and with all their family members,” he mentioned.

Baghel mentioned that had the Centre selected the resumption of trains for ferrying employees and on their motion, earlier than March 24, pains of labourers may have been minimised.

“They should have arranged for their movement earlier. They should have taken the states into confidence. There was no arrangement for buses and trains for the workers. People are worried. They want to go back to their home. Some are going on foot and even walking on railway tracks. It is resulting in death of some as well, which is heart-wrenching,” he mentioned.

On the query of returning migrant employees to his state, Baghel mentioned a few of them may need the potential of carrying the lethal virus.

“We have done all preparations to deal with it. It is true that thousands of workers and stranded people of Chhattisgarh are coming back to the state. They will come from red zone and orange zone. Who all might they meet on the way and get contamination? It is a matter of concern for us. But we have done all preparations for it,” he mentioned.

Baghel mentioned over 16,000 quarantine centres have been made in villages in order that these folks may be stored there in case of want for 14 days.

“We have to manage their food and shelter as well and also for the employment needs after they have completed 14 days’ quarantine. None of the states like Chhattisgarh is trying to run way from its responsibility of providing basic needs to these returning workers,” he mentioned.

The chief minister, nonetheless, mentioned if the states have no idea concerning the trains carrying employees began by the Centre, then there are probabilities of circumstances of an infection going up.

“If we do not know where would people go after coming from trains? If we do not know whether they are clean or carrying the infection? Then there is a possibility of infection cases going up,” he mentioned.

Baghel mentioned the states ought to have the rights to determine on what all actions may be began for reviving the financial system and in addition on resumption of inter-state highway, rail and air providers for the passengers.

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