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After Row With Centre, Mamata Banerjee Unblocks COVID-19 Inspection Team

central team sent to Bengal to investigate coronavirus lockdown violations waited for hours today before being allowed by the Mamata Banerjee government to tour Kolkata. It took a home ministry warning before the state government budged after keeping the teams in Kolkata and Jalpaiguri on hold.

The West Bengal government is believed to be consulting legal experts on the possibility of moving the Supreme Court over the centre’s sending its team to the state.

The home ministry said except Bengal, every state had cooperated with its teams.

“We are not getting support from West Bengal, we are not being permitted to do our job. We have written to West Bengal again and have told them they have to assist otherwise action may be initiated. We are getting assistance from Madhya Pradesh , Rajasthan and Maharashtra. Our decision to send teams was based on multiple inputs, not only from the health ministry,” said Home Ministry’s Punya Salila Srivastava in a media briefing.

In a letter to the Ministry of Home Affairs, West Bengal Chief Secretary Rajiv Sinha has said, “It is not a fact that central teams have not been provided any cooperation by West Bengal.”

The West Bengal chief secretary further assured the Centre that the two inter-ministerial central teams (IMCT) have visited different parts of the state are being given full support by the state.

In the letter addressed to Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, Sinha has also said, “This is to convey my highest assurances for implementation of central government order and Disaster Management Act as well as the directions of the Honb’le Supreme Court.”

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