Tribune News Service
Kolkata, August 11
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday advised Prime Minister Narendra Modi that her stand on dividing the COVID-19 fatalities in two classes – one who misplaced their lives in purely COVID-19 associated points and the opposite who died of varied co-morbidities – had been vindicated.
West Bengal had arrange an professional committee to pick and present as Covid deaths the instances of solely these victims who died of the virus an infection solely.
This resulted into West Bengal recording a really small variety of folks as having died of the pandemic.
However, following protests, together with a stinging letter despatched by the Inter-Ministerial Central Team despatched from Delhi, the state authorities discontinued the system and stopped excluding victims with co-morbidities from the checklist of Covid deaths.
Reminding Prime Minister Narendra Modi that West Bengal had initially insisted upon “death audits”, Mamata advised Modi that her stand relating to co-morbidity being an necessary component in Covid deaths had been vindicated.
“Eighty-nine (89) per cent of Covid deaths in West Bengal was due to co-morbidities like diabetes, cancer, hypertension, cardiac diseases, etc”, she advised the PM on Tuesday.
Mamata additionally mentioned that the Central authorities ought to withdraw the circumstances imposed on states for availing profit from the 2 per cent improve within the borrowing restrict below the FRBM (Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act) Act.
Mamata, who was amongst ten chief ministers who took half within the video-conference assembly convened by Prime Minister Modi in the present day to debate the problem of the pandemic, advised the PM that whereas the Central authorities had raised the FRBM restrict from three per cent to 5 per cent, solely 0.5 per cent out of the elevated two per cent had been made unconditional.
She urged the PM to make the remaining 1.5 per cent (of the elevated two per cent) additionally unconditional for a interval of 1 yr.
Mamata additionally advised Modi that West Bengal was but to obtain over Rs 4 thousand crores from the Centre towards GST compensation. She reiterated that the Central authorities owed “an overall outstanding due of Rs 53,000 crore” to the state.
On the problem of vaccine, Mamata advised the PM that Central authorities ought to formulate a suggestion on which vaccine is to be procured and used.
The chief minister additionally urged the prime minister to offer the state with extra ventilators and extra excessive movement nasal canulas.
Besides West Bengal, the CMs of Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Punjab, Bihar, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh took half within the digital assembly with the PM.