WB Guv Dhankar criticizes Mamata Govt for the delay in seeking the Army’s help for restoration work

File image of West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankar.

WEST  Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar has slammed  Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the delay in seeking Indian Army’s help for relief work following cyclone Amphan has devasted a large part of the eastern state including Greater Kolkata. Millions of people remain without electricity and water supply. The Army would have been called three days ago to carry out post-cyclone relief work if the TMC supremo had kept the Governor’s office in the loop. Tagging the Chief Minister’s official handle on Twitter, Dhankar said, “Urge Mamata – be in touch with Guv- had this been done army would have been called 3 days back”. He said that he is distressed and pained at the horrifying spectacle of people suffering for lack of basic facilities for several days and appealed people to stay calm. “Am distressed and pained at the horrifying spectacle of people suffering for lack of basic facilities, now for days. My appeal: Government/agencies must be in overdrive to restore services. Urge people to keep calm, time to bear as the reaction can wait,” he added. The governor has directed all authorities to attend to Raj Bhawan, only after normalcy is restored in the city. Amidst allegations by the BJP that the WB administration has become dysfunctional, Governor Dhankar, a lawyer turned politico, asked the West Bengal government to “share real loss” regarding Cyclone Amphan with the Central government as “inflating figures is counter-productive”. On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to the state, had praised the West Bengal government’s efforts under Chief Minister Banerjee to tackle the situation caused by Cyclone Amphan on May 21 and COVID-19 crisis. The centre has sent Rs 1,000 crore as promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an advance payment for relief work.CM has said the damaged caused by the severe cyclone is about 1 lakh crore INR raising eyebrows of the knowledgeable circles. WB Govt says Army support has been called for; NDRF and SDRF teams deployed; Rlys, Port & private sector too requested to supply teams and equipment (sic),” it tweeted. It said that drinking water and drainage infrastructure is getting restored fast and the Public Health Engineering Department has been asked to supply water pouches in areas where there is a crisis. “Generators being hired where necessary. More than a hundred teams from multiple departments and bodies working for cutting of fallen trees which is the key to the restoration of power in localities,” the Home Department said.”WBSEDCL & CESC asked to deploy maximal manpower, even while lockdown significantly affects the deployment potential of the latter. Police on high alert,” it added. There reports about protests in several parts of Kolkata and neighbouring districts over power and water crisis even three days after cyclone ‘Amphan’ hit the state.

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