PM Modi and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee (Photo Credit: PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and held a detailed discussion on the outbreak of coronavirus across the country. During the conversation, PM Modi also lauded Mamata governmentâ€™s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Bengal.
Mamata Banerjee, in her briefing, said that Bengal had been put under complete lockdown and the government is working around-the-clock to ensure the supply chain of essential commodities and services reaches the people.
According to the reports, PM Modi appreciated the state's initiatives and assured the state of all kinds of help. Following the phone conversation, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also extended assistance in crisis response to the Bengal chief minister.
Shah thanked her for successfully maintaining the lockdown and said additional paramilitary forces would be deployed if needed in providing emergency services.
Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday tweeted, "We are locked down, but not bogged down,Â stating emergency response to battle the spread of the virus were deployed.
"Our aviation officials & professionals are working round the clock with determination & patience. The aircraft are crisscrossing the skies to ensure that ICMR kits for testing Covid19 reach on time. The first flight on Friday morning has already delivered 1.4 tonnes of ICMR kits from Delhi to Aizwal, Kolkata & Hyderabad while another such movement of ICMR kits is in progress from Mumbai to Pune, Bengaluru & Thiruvananthapuram," his tweet read.