Kolkata: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee sent messages and sweets to all police stations and hospitals to thank the Covid warriors for working overtime during the festive season amid the pandemic. She had earlier sent letters to the Covid warriors at the hospitals and those working at the laboratories.
Moreover, the state government has undertaken an initiative to recruit the kin of the government staffers who died of Covid on duty. The CM has instructed the district magistrates to issue the appointment letters without delay.
Hospital officials and cops were greatly surprised by the gift from the chief minister. The CM is known to send gifts to various people, including envoys and the Governor.
An official of the health department said the CM’s letters would be a great inspiration for the Covid warriors. “The letter had a human touch and I have been greatly moved by it,” a doctor said.
An officer at a police station in the city said, “We are very happy with the empathy shown to the force by the CM.”
Meanwhile, chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay on Tuesday held a high-level meeting with home secretary H K Dwivedi, finance secretary Manoj Pant, health secretary N S Nigam and other officials to discuss the Covid situation in the state. He also spoke to IMA functionaries about ways to tackle the pandemic. He took stock of the districts from the DMs and analyzed the Covid figures.
The officials also discussed the latest guidelines from Centre that stated that the lockdown shall continue to be implemented in containment zones till November 30 and that the areas should be demarcated at the micro-level by the district administrations. An official hinted that there was likely to be a meeting with the Centre on new guidelines for the state on Thursday.
The MHA guidelines stated that the state government should not impose any local lockdown outside the containment zones without the prior approval of the Centre. It mentioned that only essential activities should be allowed within containment zones and urged the chief secretaries to take necessary steps so that people wear masks, and follow hygienic practices and social distancing.