Government taking care of Bengal workers stuck in Maharashtra: Aaditya Thackeray responds to Mamata's request
Mumbai/IBNS: In response to Mamata Banerjee's request, Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray on Thursday said his government was taking care of all workers from West Bengal who are stuck in the western state of the country.
Thackeray said this after West Bengal Chief Minister Banerjee wrote a letter to 18 Chief Ministers urging them to help the workers from her state during the COVID-19 crisis.
Thackeray tweeted, "This morning I received a call from @derekobrienmp with a message from Bengal CM @MamataOfficial ji. About 800 labour stuck in Maharashtra. Ofcourse we can’t let them go back as state borders are sealed, but we reached out and are taking care of them."
This morning I received a call from @derekobrienmp with a message from Bengal CM @MamataOfficial ji. About 800 labour stuck in Maharashtra.— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) March 26, 2020
Ofcourse we can’t let them go back as state borders are sealed, but we reached out and are taking care of them. #WarAgainstVirus
Banerjee on Thursday wrote a letter to 18 Chief Ministers urging them to provide the workers with basic shelter, food and medical support during the time of COVID-19 crisis.
The 18 Chief Ministers are Edappadi K. Palaniswamy of Tamil Nadu, Naveen Patnaik of Odisha, K Chandrashekar Rao of Telangana, BS Yediyurappa of Karnataka, Uddhav Thackeray of Maharashtra, Pinarayi Vijayan of Kerala, Jai Ram Thakur of Himachal Pradesh, Captain Amarinder Singh of Punjab, Trivendra Singh Rawat of Uttarakhand, Arvind Kejriwal of Delhi, Hemant Soren of Jharkhand, Ashok Gehlot of Rajasthan, Nitish Kumar of Bihar, Pramod Sawant of Goa, Vijay Rupani of Gujarat, Bhupesh Baghel of Chhattisgarh, YS Jaganmohan Reddy of Andhra Pradesh and Yogi Adityanath of Uttar Pradesh.
In the letter, Banerjee wrote, "Due to complete lockdown in the country for COVID-19 pandemic, many Bengal workers could not travel back and are stuck at different places."
"...Since it not possible for us to reach any help to them, I take the opportunity to request you to kindly ask your administration to provide them with basic shelter, food and medical support during this period of crisis. We, in Bengal, are taking care of such stuck people in our State."
The similar concern for the workers was earlier voiced by opposition leaders of West Bengal during an all-party meeting, which was chaired by Banerjee, over COVID-19.
India on Friday entered into the third day of nationwide lockdown which will remain effective till Apr 14 midnight.
So far in India, 724 people have been infected.
17 people have died in Coronavirus.