Prime Minister Narendra Modi at this time introduced Rs 1,000 crore help for West Bengal after an aerial tour of the state the place 80 folks have died and infrastructure has been badly broken by Cyclone Amphan.
“We’ll assist Bengal on this hour of tragedy, with reduction, rehabilitation and reconstruction. All of us need West Bengal to maneuver forward. The centre will all the time stand with West Bengal in these testing occasions,” mentioned the Prime Minister, terming the monetary assist to Bengal as “advance interim help”.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was seated at a distance from him as a part of virus precautions, later instructed the media that the Prime Minister did not make clear whether or not it might be an “advance or a bundle”.
“He mentioned he’ll determine afterward however he mentioned it could be advance additionally. I mentioned no matter you offers you determine, we’ll offer you particulars,” Ms Banerjee instructed the media.
“On this hour of disaster, we really feel that we should work collectively. There are such a lot of areas the place they may also help us, state authorities additionally exists on this nation and central authorities additionally exists. If there’s a disaster, all people should work collectively,” mentioned the Chief Minister, who has been resentful of what she calls the centre’s bullying and interference in her state and who has accused PM Modi of depriving Bengal of funds.
Ms Banerjee’s interactions with the ruling BJP have been progressively acrimonious as Bengal heads to elections subsequent yr.
As PM Modi arrived in Bengal to evaluate the cyclone injury, the pressure confirmed. Social distancing was the order of the day, from the airport to the survey helicopter to the press convention later.
In images that drew touch upon social media, Ms Banerjee was seen strolling far forward of PM Modi after welcoming him.
Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi , Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and different officers of the Centre and State attended a overview assembly on the devastating Cyclone Amphan. Listed below are some footage from the assembly pic.twitter.com/oJ6FghK2W2
— D Shankar Rao (@DShankarRao3) Could 22, 2020
Within the chopper, Bengal Governor Jagdish Dhankar sat reverse the PM whereas Ms Banerjee was not in the identical body.
On the briefing, PM Modi mentioned a central workforce would survey the injury.
“At this hour, we’re additionally dealing with the coronavirus disaster. The mantra to struggle coronavirus and the mantra to struggle the cyclone are utterly reverse. In corona, folks should keep the place they’re and observe social distancing. In cyclone, folks have to maneuver to security,” the Prime Minister, who used a shawl as a masks throughout his go to, remarked.
“Regardless of these contradictions, West Bengal is preventing effectively.”
The cyclone swept by way of coastal Bengal on Wednesday, leaving a path of destruction with hundreds of properties broken and timber and electrical poles uprooted. State capital Kolkata suffered big injury because the roaring winds tore off roofs, partitions and timber, leaving roads blocked.
Ms Banerjee had requested the Prime Minister to go to the state which, in accordance with her, had suffered injury value Rs 1 lakh crore.
That is PM Modi’s first journey outdoors Delhi in 83 days as he remained in Delhi due to the nationwide lockdown to struggle coronavirus.