West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday asked the Centre to transfer Rs 10,000 each to the bank account of migrant workers.
In a tweet she said financial aid should also be provided to those engaged in the unorganised sector to help them cope with the ongoing economic crisis arising out of the lockdown.
Ms Banerjee suggested that a portion of the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARES) could be used for the purpose.
“People have been facing economic hardship of unimaginable proportions bcz of the ongoing pandemic. I appeal to the Central Govt to transfer Rs10,000 each as one-time assistance to migrant laborers including people in the unorganized sector. A portion of PM-CARES could be use for this,” Banerjee tweeted.
Earlier, the PM-CARE (Prime Minister’s Civil 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 would be use to purchase ventilators, Rs 1,000 crore 100 crores for assistance to migrant laborers and Rs. 100 crore for the development of coronavirus vaccine.
The country’s economy headed towards its first annual contraction in several decades following which the government has started easing lockdown norms in many regions of the country.