Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal has sought Rs 10,000 for every migrant labourer in aid for migrants for the economic hardship faced by the people due to COVID-19 from the Centre. CM Mamata Banerjee told over a tweet on Wednesday that the Centre should transfer the amount as one-time assistance to the migrants from the PM-CARES fund.
Mamata Banerjee demands Rs 10,000 for every migrant labourer from PM-CARES Funds
“People have been facing economic hardship of unimaginable proportions because of the ongoing pandemic. I appeal to Central Govt to transfer Rs 10,000 each as one-time assistance to migrant labourers including people in unorganized sector. A portion of PM-CARES could be used for this,” Mamata Banerjee said.
Earlier, PM-CARES (Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations) Fund Trust allocated Rs 3,100 crore for the fight against COVID-19 of which Rs 2,000 crore will be used for the purchase of ventilators, Rs 1,000 crore to aid migrant labourers and Rs 100 crore for coronavirus vaccine development.
Left without jobs and money to feed their families, lakhs of migrants have returned to states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha, increasing the burden on the state governments.