West Bengal government has decided to relax the lockdown further from 8th of July. Addressing a press briefing on Friday, WB Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that all public and private workplaces will be back to business. She also announced that buses would be allowed to take passengers on all the seats. Religious places will also open, but only ten people would be allowed under the roof at a time.
“Provisions of sanitisation must be followed at religious places. I hope all religious leaders will follow the rule,” she said.
She also hit out at the Railways for management of migrant labourers. I am happy my migrant workers are coming back. But I want to ask, why are they being packed in the trains without social distancing?” she said.
Mamata Banerjee said since she has been the railway minister in the past she knows that the Railways has the capacity to run extra trains or add extra coaches in the trains to ensure proper social distancing among migrants onboard.
“Most of these workers are coming from hotspot states such as Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Delhi so why can’t the Railways run extra trains so that some social distancing is maintained. No food no water… these migrants are being packed inside trains, sometimes double the capacity,” she said.
“Do they want to convert Shramil Specials into Corona Express?” Mamata Banerjee asked.